31 Mar 2020

Mercedes-Benz offers support with 3D-printed medical equipment

Mercedes-Benz has offered its support with the production of medical equipment in fight of the COVID-19 pandemic virus. The German car maker offers the aid of 3D printers for the production of individual components that are urgently needed in medical technology.

Mercedes-Benz has been gathering experience in the research and application of additive manufacturing for around 30 years. In the passenger car sector, 3D printing is usually used in prototype construction and small-series production. Mercedes-Benz already uses 3D printing machines to produce up to 150,000 plastic and metal components every year. This capacity can now be fully utilized for medical purposes. All common 3D printing processes can be used – from stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) to Selective Laser Melting (SLM).

In additive manufacturing, digitally developed components are built up layer by layer in a “printer”. The raw materials used include plastic and metal powders or resins which are fused by an energy source – usually one or more lasers. Once a layer is finished, a new layer is applied automatically and the solidification process starts again. This process is repeated until a three-dimensional component is created.

A video gives an insight into 3D production: https://twitter.com/Daimler/status/1243585315488571393

With our highly competent team and years of experience in 3D printing technology, we are ready to make our contribution to the production of medical devices,” says Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain. “To this end, we are also in contact with the state government of Baden-Württemberg in Germany. Our expertise and specialist knowledge is available for production.”

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