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3D printing components for the BMW i8 Roadster

3D printing components for the BMW i8 Roadster

Written by David

June 13, 2019

The BMW Group fitted its one-millionth 3D printed component in series production: a window guide rail for the BMW i8 Roadster. Thanks to the work of specialists at the Additive Manufacturing Center, the rail took just five days to develop and was integrated into series production in Leipzig shortly after. The use of additive manufacturing at BMW is on the rise. In 2018 output from the company’s Additive Manufacturing Center reached over 200,000 components — a 42% increase year on year. Dr. Jens Ertel, director of the BMW Group Additive Manufacturing Center, said: “The use of components made by additive manufacturing in series production of vehicles is increasing particularly strongly at the moment. We are following the development and application of advanced these manufacturing methods very closely indeed, partly through longstanding cooperations with leading manufacturers in the field. At the same time, we are engaging in targeted technology scouting […]


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