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Metal AM in production at BMW Group

BMW Group has its own Additive Manufacturing Campus.
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Almost everyone has heard of 3D printing by now. In manufacturing industry it is known as additive manufacturing. In additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing, components are constructed layer upon layer. This indeed has a certain similarity to a printer, except in this case it prints upwards creating a three dimensional product in the end. The material can be either plastic or metal, and the component shape is designed on the computer based on digital 3D construction data. The biggest advantage of additive manufacturing is that the process offers a high degree of flexibility in creating the form. Components with complex structures which are otherwise difficult to produce can be manufactured quickly and easily using 3D printing technologies while delivering desired quality.
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Since 1990 BMW has been researching in the field of additive manufacturing technologies. Now, BMW Group has officially opened its new Additive Manufacturing Campus. The new set-up brings together production of prototypes and series parts under one roof along with the research into new 3D printing technologies in the campus, which came out of the investment of fifteen million euros, will allow the BMW Group to develop its position as a technology leader in automotive industry.
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At BMW, additive manufacturing is used in various areas: it is often used where tailor made and often very complex components are required in small quantities. This is especially the case in pre-development, vehicle validation and testing, special parts for racing cars, concept and show cars, etc. Now to the production process.

The new additive manufacturing centre brings together production of prototype and series parts under same roof.

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