2/6/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Audi Enters Developmental Partnership with EOS to Focus on Metal Additive Manufacturing

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EOS is supporting Audi in the development of its 3D printing center in Germany.

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Automobile manufacturer Audi AG, based in Ingolstadt, Germany, has started a development partnership with additive manufacturing solutions provider EOS. With the assistance of the EOS consulting division “Additive Minds,” Audi is implementing industrial 3D printing technology and the developing of a corresponding 3D printing center in Ingolstadt.

 “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,” says Güngör Kara, director of global application and consulting.

Industrial 3D printing is being applied to equipment and prototype building at Audi, as well as motor sports, where the technology is already in use today. Toolmaking and use by Audi’s casting technical center will help drive 3D printing forward at the company. 3D printing will make it possible to produce complicated geometries or assemblies that would have to be joined in conventional manufacturing.

“We have set up our own competence center for 3D printing in order to gain experience with the materials and the process, and to further develop them for series production,” says Jörg Spindler, head of toolmaking at Audi. “A close cooperation with AM solution providers such as EOS, who can support innovation in technology development, is essential for these aims. With this technology we are able to integrate internal structures and functions in tools that we have not been able to create so far with conventional manufacturing methods. Especially with components in small batches, we can now produce components using lightweight construction, quickly and economically based on this technology.”

Audi is also focusing on the additive manufacturing of inserts for die casting molds and hot working segments. In series production using conformal cooling, the company expects to produce parts and vehicle components more cost effectively. 

 

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