Mobility forum Rapid.Tech 3D 2024

The way to additive series production in the automotive industry

In its tandem contribution, BROSE FAHRZEUGTEILE will provide an insight into its diverse activities in both AM polymer applications and the AM metal sector and present numerous examples.

Brose uses 3D printing to produce functional prototypes and fixtures for production on the one hand and to manufacture small series and niche products economically on the other. The following parameters are of particular importance for the successful series use of 3D printing: the introduction of system-compatible automotive materials, increasing the efficiency of production processes and establishing a "design for additive manufacturing". By combining all three factors and taking into account the interactions along the entire process chain, economically viable applications can be realized.

 The first spare parts series at Brose was realized in 2019. The breakthrough in additive series production followed a year later with the production of a housing for the electric climate compressor: Due to the small quantity of 400 units over a runtime of four years, the decision was made in favor of 3D printing.

 The production of the dowel - a standard component in the business unit seat - from 2021 with 3.6 million units over its runtime is a highlight in the industry. The component was developed for 3D printing and does not require any support structures, eliminating the need for manual post-processing.

 3D printing is an established manufacturing process at Brose. The one-stop shop guarantees a solution from a single source, meaning that the customer has only one point of contact and receives a ready-to-install 3D-printed component. This makes Brose the preferred partner for the development and production of 3D-printed components in the mobility sector.

Presentation language: GER
(English translation will be provided on site)

Speakers (2)

Dr. Jan Sander

Dr. Jan Sander

Expert for additive technology

Christian Kleylein

Christian Kleylein

Specialist for additive technology