By supplying 3D printing spare parts for its heavy goods vehicles, Mercedes Benz Trucks is shaking up the conventions. While France is worried about the economic impact on its car manufacturers of the entry into force of the repair clause. This will allow repairers, from January 2020, to produce, reform or copy parts of trucks.
Rather than fight against counterfeiting, Mercedes Benz Trucks has decided to use its experience in additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, truck parts. With the objective of providing its carrier customers with guaranteed original parts at reduced rates since they did not require machining or labor.
"We apply the same principles of reliability, functionality, durability and economy for the spare parts we produce in 3D as for conventionally machined parts," says Andres Deuschle, marketing and operations director of the customer services division. spare parts of the manufacturer. Mercedes Benz Trucks already supplies thirty plastic parts (fasteners, controls, sunshades or housings) and metal parts (spacers, mirrors). And he intends to continue beyond.