Volvo Trucks recently forayed into the world of 3D printing, using technology provided by Stratasys Ltd, a global leader in 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions.
Volvo Trucks has used thetechnology to reduce turnaround times of critical assembly line tools by more than 94% since incorporating Stratasys additive manufacturing technology at its engine production facility in Lyon, France.
According to Pierre Jenny, manufacturing director at Volvo Trucks, the company has reduced the time taken to design and manufacture certain tools from 36 days to just two days using thermoplastic ABS plus and the Stratasys Fortus 3D Production System.
“Stratasys 3D printing has made an incredible impact to the way we work.
“The capability to produce a virtually unlimited range of functional tools in such a short timeframe is unprecedented and enables us to be more experimental and inventive to improve production workflow,” said Mr Jenny in a press release.