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Mercedes-Benz Trucks 3D prints metal parts

German OEM, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, has 3D printed its first square metal part, a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models, that has passed quality assurance requirements for strength and thermal resistance.

"With the introduction of 3D metal printing technology, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is reasserting its pioneering role among global commercial vehicle manufacturers,” said Head of Marketing & Operations in Customer Services & Parts for Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Andreas Deuschle.

“The particular added value of 3D printing technology is that it considerably increases speed and flexibility, especially when producing spare and special parts. This gives us completely new possibilities for offering our customers spare parts rapidly and at attractive prices, even long after series production has ceased.’

In the Customer Services & Parts division of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, automotive 3D printing began its increasing success in the production departments for the after-sales and replacement parts in July 2016.

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