Volkswagen is pressing ahead with the use of innovative 3D printers in car production. For the first time, the newest process – known as binder jetting – is being used to manufacture components at the company’s main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Whereas conventional 3D printing uses a laser to build a component layer by layer from metallic powder, the binder jetting process uses an adhesive. The resulting metallic component is then heated and shaped.
The ExOne Company (Nasdaq: XONE) (“ExOne” or the “Company”), the global leader in industrial sand and metal 3D printers using binder jetting technology, today announced it has surpassed delivery of 2 million metal parts to customers worldwide and has added two X1 25Pro metal printers for dedicated production of stainless steel parts.
With recent global events causing severe disruption to traditional supply chains and production operations, many companies have been forced to revisit their business models and make bold changes to ensure survival.
Lantek is one of the pioneers in digitization of sheet metal production. It was already thinking about networking when most of the plants didn’t even have a PC: Lantek Germany, based in Darmstadt, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.