BMW’s use of binder jet 3D printers for Series 3 & Series 4 engine cores is disclosed by ExOne.

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ExOne and BMW Collaborate on Sustainable 3D Printing for Automotive Production

In an exciting partnership that has spanned over two decades, ExOne and BMW have unveiled their innovative approach to 3D printing technology. BMW is utilizing ExOne’s binder jet 3D printers at its Landshut Light Metal Foundry, a facility renowned for its expertise in performance components and fuel efficiency. With four Exerial sand 3D printers already in operation and plans to install two more in the near future, BMW is poised to revolutionize its manufacturing processes.

At the Landshut facility, ExOne’s binder jet technology is being applied to the production of 6-cylinder water jacket cores for BMW’s high-performance M3 and M4 Series cars. These intricate cores are manufactured using an inorganic binder, ensuring there are no odor or emissions during the metal casting process. This sustainable approach to serial production aligns with BMW’s commitment to reducing waste and optimizing design intelligence.

“The final product delivered with our digital production process is a sophisticated and trusted blend of old and new technologies that lays the blueprint for a new manufacturing future,” said Eric Bader, Managing Director of ExOne, a Desktop Metal company. This collaboration between BMW and ExOne showcases how binder jet 3D printing can contribute to sustainable serial production by minimizing waste and emissions while enabling more intelligent design choices.

This partnership between BMW and ExOne represents a significant step forward in the automotive industry’s adoption of additive manufacturing technology. As the demand for high-performance vehicles continues to increase, it is crucial for automakers to find more sustainable ways of producing complex components. By leveraging ExOne’s binder jet 3D printing technology, BMW is leading the way in shaping a new era of automotive manufacturing.

Want to learn more about this exciting collaboration? Join the conversation on the TCT Additive Manufacturing Network and get your FREE print subscription to TCT Magazine. You can also exhibit at TCT 3Sixty, the UK’s leading 3D printing and additive manufacturing event.

###Author: Sam Davies

###Date: 20 September 2023, 11:53

###Sources:

– TCT Additive Manufacturing Network

– TCT Magazine

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