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A million printed components in only 10 years: BMW Group creates augmenting use of 3D printing

Munich. At a BMW Group, a use of 3D-printed
components is on a rise. Over a final decade alone, a company
constructed a million tools by this innovative method, and this year
outlay from a BMW Group Additive Manufacturing Center is approaching to
strech over 200,000 components — a 42 percent boost on final year’s total.

Dr. Jens Ertel, Director of a BMW Group Additive Manufacturing
Center: “The use of components done by addition prolongation in
array prolongation of vehicles is augmenting quite strongly at
a moment. We are following a growth and focus of
modernized these prolongation methods really closely indeed, partly
by longstanding cooperations with heading manufacturers in the
field. At a same time, we are enchanting in targeted technology
scouting and evaluating innovative prolongation systems.”

Recently a BMW Group propitious a one-millionth 3D-printed component
in array production: a window beam rail for a BMW i8 Roadster.
Thanks to a work of specialists during a Additive Manufacturing
Center, a rail took only 5 days to rise and was integrated
into array prolongation in Leipzig shortly after. It is found in the
doorway of a BMW i8 Roadster and allows a window to work smoothly.
The member is made by HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology, a
high-speed process extended by a BMW Group in and with HP and
now in use in a array prolongation of vehicles for a really first
time. It can furnish adult to 100 window beam rails in 24 hours.

BMW i8 Roadster now incorporates dual additively manufactured

The window beam rail is a second 3D-printed member in a BMW
i8 Roadster. The initial was a tie for a soft-top attachment,
that is also constructed during a Additive Manufacturing Center in Munich.
Made of aluminium alloy, a steel member weighs reduction than the
injection-moulded cosmetic partial that is routinely used though is still
extremely stiffer. Its significance has already been recognized with
an Altair Enlighten Award in a difficulty for Modules this year. The
fame honours lightweight innovations in a margin of subsystems
and components.

Additive prolongation fulfils customers’ wishes

Meanwhile, a personalisation of vehicles and components by
business themselves is also apropos some-more and some-more important. With
a MINI Yours Customised product initiative, business can design
comparison components themselves, such as indicator inlays and dashboard
trim strips. They emanate their designs during a online emporium (,
and a tools are afterwards 3D-printed to specification.

Advanced and customer-focused in equal measure, MINI Yours Customised
was celebrated with a special accolade: a bullion German Innovation Award
presented by a substructure called a German Design Council (‘Rat für Formgebung’).

The BMW Group is constantly exploring ways of regulating additive
prolongation to a customer’s advantage.

Additive prolongation for array production

For a BMW Group, addition prolongation will be a pivotal future
prolongation method. The association initial began regulating cosmetic and
metal-based processes behind in 2010, primarily for a prolongation of
smaller array of components, such as a H2O siphon pulley for DTM
vehicles. Further array applications followed in 2012, with various
laser-sintered tools for a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Since final year, the
fixtures for twine ocular guides in a Rolls-Royce Dawn have also been
3D-printed, and a oppulance code currently incorporates a sum of ten
3D-printed components into a products.

The BMW Group has been discerning to gain on a experience,
identifying intensity uses for addition prolongation technologies
early on.


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