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German automobile manufacturer Audi AG has expanded production at its Volkswagen Group R8 facility, the Böllinger Höfe, with a separate 3D printing department. Employees in this new space are creating custom 3D printed parts, including auxiliary tools, to save on maintenance costs.
“When designing a prototype, it is very important to us that we fulfill our colleagues’ wishes exactly,” explained Waldemar Hirsch, Audi Sport 3D printing coordinator at the Böllinger Höfe in Heilbronn, Germany.
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“Our goal is to provide our Audi colleagues the 3D printed tool as quickly as possible, thus supporting them in their daily work.”
Waldemar Hirsch (left) and Cem Gülaylar (right) in the 3D printing center in the Böllinger Höfe. Photo via Audi/Sina Feirer.
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Audi’s Böllinger Höfe has been using FFF/FDM 3D printing for five years to print auxiliary tools within the Audi R8 assembly line. Now, with a separate department focused on manufacturing tools to support production, Hirsh and his team hope to teach their fellow Audi employees how to create such 3D printed instruments.
Currently, there are four 3D printers operating in this department on a daily basis; this includes systems from Ultimaker and MakerBot. As well as 3D printed auxiliary tools designed to guide machinery, this new space is additively manufacturing casting molds and safety devices.
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