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German automobile manufacturer Audi AG is expanding the use of 3D printers in production. Custom-designed and locally printed auxiliary tools from the 3D printer help employees on the production lines. A separate department will be responsible for implementation at the Neckarsulm site in the future.
The team at the startup/analysis center has already firmly established polymer 3D printing in the craft-scale R8 factory at the Bölllinger Höfe. The team develops ideas for new or optimized tools in close collaboration with their colleagues on the production line. The team under project manager Waldemar Hirsch design the tools on site and print them on the 3D printer.
Workshop - December - Expert - Team - Use
During a one-week workshop last December, the expert team trialed the use of this fast, convenient service for volume production in the factory. The team identified several hundred applications where printed auxiliary tools offer substantial savings potential.
“By establishing a separate specialist department for 3D printing, we are professionalizing this already successful project. Even more employees will be able to benefit from the experienced expert team and the custom auxiliary tools in...
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