Nexa3D Ultrafast 3D Printers at BMW AM Centre
Wednesday, 1 July 2020 | Sabina Gonzalez-George
In June 2020, BMW Group opened their new Additive Manufacturing Campus in Munich.
The new centre is designed for the production of prototype and series parts, along with research into new 3D printing technologies, and associate training for the global rollout of toolless production for future activity. Additive Manufacturing is core to BMW Group's future strategy in design and production. In 2019, BMW Group produced approximately 300,000 parts through 3D printing, and the Centre is designed to continue to further their leadership and innovation in this area.
Daniel Schäfer, Senior Vice President for Production Integration and Pilot Plant at the BMW Group, explains: “Our goal is to industrialise 3D printing methods more and more for automotive production, and to implement new automation concepts in the process chain. This will allow us to streamline component manufacturing for series production and speed up development. At the same time, we are collaborating with vehicle development, component production, purchasing and the supplier network, as well as various other areas of the company to systematically integrate the technology and utilise it effectively". Read the full press release from BMW Group.
Included within the range of equipment is the Nexa3D NXE400, an ultrafast resin-based 3D printer, which due to its fast print speeds, really starts to bridge the gap to provide capability for small batch production parts.
Other AM equipment featured at the Centre includes metal 3D printers, binder-jet technology and DLS (Digital Light Synthesis) technology.