• Removable Partial Dentures built in EOS CobaltChrome RPD - 3D printed, DMLS, metal powder | © EOS
    Advantages of Industrial 3D Printing

    Production On Demand
    Customized Products, Spare Parts, and More

Production On Demand With 3D Printing 

Manufacturers face pressure from various requirements and market demands. In some industries, such as automotive, consumer goods and medical technology, one of these demands is the customers’ need for custom products. At the same time, these products need to be manufactured profitably (keyword: mass customization). Also, suppliers in the automotive and mobility industries, in particular, must guarantee spare parts will be available for 10 years or longer. Producing these spare parts in advance is associated with high material, production and storage costs.

Production on demand with additive manufacturing technology by EOS
enables production tailored to each batch with almost no limitations when it comes to product customization.

Individual Designs  

Perfectly Tailored to Customer Requirements  

Running shoe by Under Armour with additive manufactured sole | © EOS
Gravity Turbine Arm Mount built in EOS Aluminium AlSi10Mg to reduce parts, assembly time and weight, DMLS, 3D printing | © EOS
Metal Mesh Cube, DMLS, 3D printing, EOS | © EOS

Additive Manufacturing in Practice 3D Printing for Spare Parts Management by Daimler EvoBus

The Customer Service & Parts (CSP) department at Daimler Buses was faced with the challenge of reducing storage and logistics costs and improving their long delivery times. This was due to an increasingly broad portfolio and its promise to supply spare parts for more than 15 years after the end of series production. Currently, the company is managing over 300,000 active spare parts, many of which are kept in stock – and this number is increasing. Due to minimum purchase quantities, overproduction is a frequent issue. The use of 3D printing technology improved the process substantially:

  • 2,500 parts suitable for additive manufacturing were identified
  • Redesign and manufacturing on demand (3D printing on demand) of 35 metal and polymer spare parts
  • Reduction of storage inventory and the associated costs
  • Tool costs reduced to zero
  • Reduction of overproduction to zero thanks to 3D printing of spare parts 

On-Demand Production in Practice Individual Patient Care With Additive Manufacturing

When it comes to supporting orthoses and prostheses, orthopedic technicians usually rely on custom adaptations: Shapes, functions and material strengths are tailored to each patient individually. With complex structures, traditional processes often reach their limits. Production is also time-intensive and expensive, undermining the desire for rapid availability.

Mercuris manufactures individual prostheses and orthoses additively. In the video, the Paralympic cyclist Denise Schindler explains how Mercuris made her an optimally fitting prosthesis with EOS 3D printing technology. 

In the digital workshop at Mercuris, orthopedic technicians create CE-compliant and individually tailored prostheses and orthoses, which are then manufactured at local 3D printing centers. The shape, function and design of these medical products are optimally tailored to the person who will wear them. Biocompatible plastics can withstand the constant load. The customization and strength of the product help ensure customer satisfaction and growing acceptance of 3D-printed medical solutions.

Not only do tailor-made prosthetic feet enable natural walking behavior, but the additive manufacturing process significantly reduces the lead time, achieves maximum comfort and allows for a customized design.  

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