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16 08 2017 03

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has reportedly taken its 3D printing strategy one stage further by printing robust, heat resistant metal parts from digital data records.

3D printed - The working cavity of the laser printer at whose centre a metallic thermostat cover has been produced for the first time using selective laser melting. When the work platform is raised, the powdered aluminium/silicon material moves to the side and the contours of the component become visible – image courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

This replacement part is only ordered in small numbers, and is used in older truck and Unimog models whose production ceased around 15 years ago.

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