VOLVO Trucks is now the world's second largest heavy-duty truck brand and it's no surprise, as the company has remained innovative while still producing and selling more than 100,000 units every year.
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 the technology 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.
In a separate Stratasys case study, the company outlined that Volvo Construction Equipment (VCE) engineers recently designed a new water pump housing for the company's A25G and A30G articulated haulers, experiencing a 90% time saving and 92% cost saving using 3D printing.
Reduced wastage, significant cost and time savings and improved production efficiency have proven that 3D printing technology has industry-wide potential and will likely be used to improve the way trucks are developed and manufactured.
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