Premiere bei Mercedes-Benz Lkw: Neu aus dem 3D-Drucker: erstes Lkw-Ersatzteil aus Metall

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks fertigt komplexe metallische Ersatz- und Sonderbauteile in höchster Qualität mit einem neuen 3D-Druckverfahren. Das Foto zeigt den Bauraum des Laserdruckers, in dessen Mitte erstmals eine metallische Thermostatabdeckung durch selektives Laserschmelzen (SLM) entstanden ist. Wird die Bauplattform angehoben, schiebt sich der pulverförmige Aluminium-Silizium-Werkstoff zur Seite, und die Umrisse des Bauteils werden sichtbar.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks produces complex metallic spare and special parts in top quality using a new 3D printing process. The photo shows the working cavity of the laser printer at whose centre a metallic thermostat cover has been produced for the first time using selective laser melting (SLM). When the work platform is raised, the powdered aluminium/silicon material moves to the side and the contours of the component become visible.

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John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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