Mercedes-Benz Trucks has started using 3D printing to make certain metal components for older models of its trucks. A thermostat cover was the first 3D printed metal part to pass the company’s quality assurance process.
The company is using a process known as selective laser melting. Andreas Deuschle, head of marketing & operations in customer services and parts, said: “We ensure the same functionality, reliability, durability and cost-effectiveness with 3D metal parts as we do with conventionally produced parts.”
3D printing of plastic components is already established as an additional production method, and is particularly suitable for the production of smaller batches.