12/8/2016

GKN Sinter Metals Begins Automotive Series Production

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The company is using a multi-laser metal system to additively manufacture automotive parts.

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GKN Sinter Metals has begun using additive manufacturing for series production of precision parts for engines and transmissions at its plant in Radevormwald, Germany. The company will use a MetalFAB1 industrial 3D printer from Additive Industries to produce small and medium-sized series of complex automotive components for the original equipment and replacement parts markets. Customers include automakers and their system suppliers.

The MetalFAB1 can simultaneously print hundreds of parts in one batch, meaning on one single build plate. "Depending on how many data sets we feed into the MetalFAB1, these can be 300 identical or 300 different parts,” says Dr. Simon Hoeges, GKN AM director. “This gives us unprecedented production capacity and flexibility."

The integrated and automated 3D printer is said to offer high productivity through the use of multiple lasers. In a joint development program, the technology is being further optimized for the needs of the automotive industry.

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