The first parts for trucks made with a 3D printer are already a reality

The guys at Mercedes-Benz Trucks are throwing it away. First came the 100% electric Urban eTruck trucks that will begin to be delivered at the end of the year , and now it is the turn of spare parts made with 3D printers. For more insights jump to: virtual truck customization

We are talking about a totally valid piece of metal, specifically a thermostat cover for trucks and previous generation Unimog models, a piece that has successfully passed all stages of the strict Mercedes-Benz quality assurance process and is now celebrating its market launch.

It all started a year ago, when Daimler AG expanded the use of the latest 3D printing processes for plastic parts . High-quality 3D printing of plastic components has been successfully established as an additional production method, and is particularly suitable for smaller batch production.

Now, with the addition of this new material, Mercedes-Benz Trucks becomes the technology leader in the challenging segment of cutting-edge three-dimensional printing processes for metal components .

These metal parts stand out for their high rigidity and thermal resistance , making the process particularly suitable for the production of components subjected to high mechanical and thermal stress - these metal components can be produced at the push of a button, with any geometry and in any volume.

The first was to create aluminum parts , in which 100 percent density and higher purity than conventional die-cast aluminum parts were achieved, and their production does not require any intensive development work or acquisition of special tools .

In principle, the areas of use are peripheral metal parts of the engine, parts inside it and components of the cooling system, transmissions, axles or the chassis , being especially useful when we talk about complex structures, since small metal parts 3D printed can be produced cost-effectively as low-volume replacement parts.

After all, we think that the availability of spare parts during a visit to the workshop is essential for the customer, being able to be available at the moment regardless of the age of the truck or its specialty (think, for example, in a Unimog of those that stopped being manufactured 15 years ago).