Additive manufacturing with the German RepRap x500 creates more flexibility and saves time in the automotive industry

Munich / Feldkirchen near Munich, May 2019 – In the automotive industry, additive manufacturing has become a high priority, and further development and production is no longer conceivable without this technology. Ideas can be implemented faster, time and money can be saved. Speed ​​and flexibility bring enormous advantages over the competition. Different car parts and prototypes are developed with the help of additive manufacturing and thus a faster achievement of the series maturity is possible. In prototyping, fixtures, production and assembly aids, the technology has become the standard and allows the use in end products through the use of various robust and flexible materials. German RepRap has been supplying the BMW Group for several years. The German RepRap x500 is used, for example, for the production of prototypes in the field of pre-development, which helps to secure the deadlines, costs and quality goals.

The field of application of additive manufacturing technology is diverse – from classic spare parts, for example, from old-timers that are no longer produced, to tools and auxiliary equipment, to parts that are used as end products. One of the most decisive advantages is the high degree of design freedom. It enables designers to develop completely new approaches in terms of design and function. Components with complex structures as well as bionic shapes, which are otherwise difficult or even impossible to manufacture, can be realized relatively simply, faster and in suitable quality with this technology. German RepRap offers the corresponding material diversity. High-temperature materials, fiber-reinforced or flexible materials are used in different areas, depending on the requirements of the application. In addition, the car manufacturer benefits from a shorter production time as well as lower costs, because no tools have to be produced for the production any more.

Enormous savings potential often still lurks in the production processes of the companies. The use of additive manufacturing can save resources such as time and money as well as optimize processes. Supplier bottlenecks can be avoided. The issue of flexibility is often a deciding factor, especially when it comes to faster target attainment.

About German RepRap GmbH

German RepRap GmbH, headquartered in Feldkirchen near Munich and originally founded as German RepRap Foundation (GRRF) in 2010, is a German manufacturer of industrial 3D printers “Made in Germany.” The company designs and produces 3D printers based on RepRap technology (fused filament fabrication) and, since 2016, the newly developed and globally unique Liquid Additive Manufacturing Technology (LAM). These are marketed in combination with software, filaments, and accessories – directly as well as through a worldwide network of qualified distributors. German RepRap was the first company in Germany to introduce a RepRap-based large-capacity 3D printer for professional applications, the x400. The product line keeps expanding and includes 3D printers for professional use in product development, prototyping, model and mold construction, architecture, and design with a maximum print area of 39.4 x 31.5 x 23.6 in (1000 x 800 x 600 mm). Customers around the world include large industrial companies in many sectors, such as automotive, aeronautics, medical devices, machinery and plant engineering and many more, as well as designers, architects, artists, universities and colleges, and even discerning private users.

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