Audi to implement industrial 3D printing tech in its Ingolstadt plant

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017

German luxury carmaker Audi has started a development partnership with EOS, the global technology solutions provider for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM).

The EOS consulting division “Additive Minds” is supporting Audi in the holistic implementation of this industrial 3D printing technology and the development of a corresponding 3D printing center in Ingolstadt.

Güngör Kara, Director of Global Application and Consulting comments “The aim is to not only supply Audi with the right additive systems and processes but to also support them during applications development, when building up internal AM knowledge and training their engineers to become in-house AM experts.”

Industrial 3D printing is first being applied to equipment and prototype building at Audi, as well as motor sports, where the technology is already in use today. Based on industrial 3D printing, Audi can revolutionise the process of tool manufacturing, informed the automaker in an official statement.

Stefan Bindl, Team Manager Innovation Center, Additive Minds, commented “Audi was looking for a reliable development partner and has found that in EOS. The close cooperation concerning application and process development as well as internal knowledge building makes a significant contribution, which is why Audi can quickly achieve substantial effects for their own business by applying our technology.”

In application of additive manufacturing, Audi is also focusing on the production of inserts for die casting molds and hot working segments.

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