3D Printing Industry | 4/17/2019 | Tia Vialva
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The BMW Group has launched what promises to be a landmark project for the introduction of serial additive manufacturing into the automotive industry. Named the “Industrialization and Digitization of Additive Manufacturing (AM) for Automotive Series Processes,” or IDAM for short, this project is supported by the expertise of 11 leading industry stakeholders and SMEs, including the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT.

The overall goal is to be able to produce at least 50,000 components per year in mass production using additive manufacturing, and over 10,000 individual and spare parts.

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An early adopter of additive manufacturing, BMW has been working and experimenting with the technology for several years, applying it to numerous functional and blue-sky innovation projects. The company has won awards for its 3D printed roof brackets, and its redesign of the S1000RR motorcycle frame serves as a demonstration of just a fraction of its capabilities.

In 2018, the group invested €10 million (approximately $12.3 million) to establish a specialist Additive Manufacturing Campus in Oberschleissheim, just north of Munich. This new facility is reported to be one of two sites that will be handling metal additive manufacturing for the IDAM project. The other site is in Bonn, a factory from IDAM partner GKN Powder Metallurgy.

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Prior to this project, BMW Group, GKN Powder Metallurgy and Fraunhofer ILT were all, among others including TRUMPF and Daimler, part of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research‘s (BMBF) project “Integration of Additive Manufacturing Processes in Automobile...
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