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Daimler Acquires Ricoh AM S5500P Industrial SLS 3D Printer

Daimler, one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, has become the latest adopter of Ricoh’s first branded Additive Manufacturing (AM) printer. Renowned for its use of innovative 3D printing solutions, Daimler has chosen the RICOH AM S5500P – a high-end polymer sintering production machine – to further advance its rapid prototyping by using innovative advanced materials.

The Ricoh machine offers unique flexibility through a range of innovative SLS® materials, including high quality polypropylene (PP) and PA6GB. These materials are of strategic importance to manufacturers, especially those in the automotive industry. 3D printing PP and PA6GB will enable Daimler to produce prototype parts on demand while supporting its ability to develop new applications.

“AM innovators are rightly demanding the highest quality of PP and PA6GB material printing. The RICOH AM S5500P allows Daimler to extend its impressive range of 3D printing applications, while ensuring that prototype parts are printed as needed to aid product development. This agreement forms another landmark in the AM industry, demonstrating the ambitions that can be realised through a shared commitment to innovation.” Greg Plowman, Head of Additive Manufacturing Business, Ricoh Europe.

In addition to installing the machine, Ricoh will provide training and work closely together with Daimler engineers to support their continued innovation.

The RICOH AM S5500P features:

  • Substantial build size of 550 x 550 x 500mm
  • Advanced thermal control (the machine is able to keep temperature gradients small, which enables the printing of PP and PA6 materials)
  • Eight infrared lamps plus heating of the build chamber from all six sides (keeping the thermal gradients to a minimum)
  • Dual powder distribution
  • High machine reliability (engineered for production).
Mercedes-Benz Trucks already successfully produces 30 spare parts with the latest 3D SLS printing processes. In the after-sales sector Mercedes-Benz Trucks is no. 1 worldwide in using 3D printed parts. The mentioned spare parts for the previous Actros series are available under the official spare part numbers A 000 462 0043 (left) and A 000 831 0936 (right).;

In June 2016. Mercedes Benz Trucks, a division of Daimler, has announced the introduction of 3D printing technology to produce on-demand genuine spare parts for Mercedes-Benz trucks which are ordered and delivered even after many years

In the Mercedes-Benz Trucks after-sales service this had already been reality for a long time now. As the next step, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is using the latest 3D printing processes for plastic spare parts as the standard production method in the Customer Services & Parts sector. As of September already, 30 genuine spare parts can be ordered and supplied at the press of a button from the 3D printer, quickly, economically, in any quantity and always in consistent genuine manufacturer’s quality (“one-piece demand”).

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