Daimler Buses has now announced the next step in spare parts supply using 3D printing: At the end of 2020 these will be manufactured directly in BusWorld Home and customized in accordance with customer requirements. Thus, Daimler’s bus division can quickly and flexibly react to urgent customer requirements, in the case of rarely ordered components or special customer requests, for example.
This includes covers and handles, extending as far as a diverse range of individual brackets. All that at any time, in Genuine Parts quality, and at favorable production costs, as the company says: the 3D parts meet the production standards for injection-molding anddeep drawn parts as stipulated by Daimler AG.
200 Spare Parts Identified
Today, complex, non-safety-relevant 3D printed components, which until now comprised several individual components such as plastic caps for metal fixtures and hinges, are already being used in the bus interior. Furthermore, at present the Centre of Competence for 3D Printing is examining over 300,000 current bus spare parts in detail as to their suitability as 3D printed parts – around 200 of them have already been identified for 3D printing. In the next stage, Daimler Buses wants to continually expand on this business model, with the overall aim of being able to directly print 3D spare parts in-house for customers.
From mid-2020, Omniplus will also be able to supply 3D-printed personalized interior decor components for retrofitting in accordance with specific customer requests. It doesn’t matter whether the parts are handle inserts, side panelling for coach seats, top-quality decorative parts for folding tables or eye-catching customer logos for the entrance area – all of these can be designed with their own decor and graphics and ordered with different surfaces (grained, smooth or other alternatives).