Munich. The BMW Group is to deposit some-more than €10
million in a new Additive Manufacturing Campus. Located in
Oberschleissheim, usually north of Munich, a trickery will concede the
association to continue building a expertise in this margin of work.
Udo Hänle, Head of Production Integration and Pilot Plant: “Our new
Additive Manufacturing Campus will combine a full spectrum of
a BMW Group’s 3D copy imagination during a singular location. This will
concede us to exam new technologies early on and continue building our
Jens Ertel, Head of a BMW Group’s Additive Manufacturing Center and
a destiny campus director, adds: “Our new trickery will be a major
miracle in serve prolongation during a BMW Group. The group there
will weigh new and existent technologies in both plastics and
metals copy and rise them to array maturity. Our idea is to
yield a best record and routine chain, be it for individual
components, tiny prolongation runs or even large-scale manufacturing.”
Within a BMW Group prolongation network, a new Additive
Manufacturing Campus will encourage a latest technologies in this field
in many a same approach as a commander plant and make them accessible for use
within a network. Much of a work carried out there will concentration on
collection prolongation for antecedent construction, array prolongation and
customised solutions. The Additive Manufacturing Campus will also act
as an interdisciplinary training and plan area, for instance for
growth engineers. Located in an existent building with a
footprint of over 6,000 block metres, it will accommodate adult to 80
associates and over 30 industrial systems for metals and plastics. It
is scheduled to go on tide in early 2019.
Major intensity in array prolongation for customised car components
Additive prolongation is an constituent partial of a BMW Group
prolongation complement and harbours poignant intensity for series
production. Most recently it has been used to beget collection for the
BMW i8 Roadster. Jens Ertel: “With a BMW i8 Roadster, a BMW Group
became a initial carmaker to 3D-print a prolongation run of several
thousand steel parts. The member endangered is a tie in the
tonneau cover for a soft-top.” Made of aluminium alloy, a printed
object is lighter than a normal injection-moulded homogeneous but
significantly some-more rigid. Its ‘bionic’ geometry, desirous by forms
found in nature, was optimised for 3D copy purposes.
Additive prolongation is also gaining significance for customised
components. The new MINI Yours Customised programme, for example,
allows business to pattern certain components themselves. Indicator
inlays and dashboard trim strips, for instance, can be 3D-printed to
their accurate specifications.
Decentralising prolongation – prolongation follows a marketplace
The BMW Group expects that, with time, it will turn probable to
furnish components directly where they are eventually indispensable – an idea
that harbours extensive potential. Jens Ertel: “The 3D printers that
are now handling opposite a prolongation network paint a
initial step towards internal partial production. We are already using
serve prolongation to make antecedent components on plcae in
Spartanburg (US), Shenyang (China) and Rayong (Thailand). Going
forward, we could good suppose integrating it some-more entirely into local
prolongation structures to concede tiny prolongation runs, country-specific
editions and customisable components – supposing it represents a
essential solution.” This would make serve prolongation a useful
serve to existent prolongation technologies.
Investments by BMW i Ventures
For a BMW Group, investments in start-ups have valid earnest not
usually in vital though also in blurb terms. In addition, they
paint a tolerable vital value add.
In Sep 2016, for example, a BMW Group’s try collateral arm,
BMW i Ventures, invested in a Silicon Valley-based association Carbon,
whose DLS (digital light synthesis) copy record was a
breakthrough in a prolongation of collection with high-quality surfaces.
The technique allows significantly incomparable areas to be processed more
fast than would differently be probable with required selective
3D printing. Carbon and a BMW Group have been partners given 2015.
A serve investment in serve prolongation came in Feb 2017,
this time in a start-up Desktop Metal. Desktop Metal specialises in
a serve prolongation of steel components and has developed
rarely prolific and innovative methodologies. It now works closely
with a Additive Manufacturing Centre during a BMW Group.
In Jun 2017 a BMW Group invested in a association called Xometry,
that works in a supply sequence industry. Xometry is a web-based
height that networks suppliers and manufacturers from different
sectors with any other. Pilot projects are already underway in a
operation of areas including gangling collection manufacturing.
Cooperations with innovative partners such as these aim to speed up
a adoption of serve prolongation technologies.
Digital prolongation methods for car growth and manufacturing
Thanks to a extensive range for a fast make of quality
collection of roughly any geometry, serve prolongation has been in use
in a construction of judgment cars during a BMW Group given 1991.
Components are realised quite regulating digital data, expelling the
need for classical collection such as press collection and injection moulds. At
present, a record is many ordinarily used for tiny production
runs of customised and mostly rarely formidable components.