BMW Group has taken 3D printing very seriously, incorporating it into its automotive concepts on a large scale. Indeed, it could be said that BMW has set the bar for automotive 3D printing, having used it for more than a quarter of a century. Far from slowing down at this point, BMW Group has made its intention clear to continue pursuing additive manufacturing intensely into the future, announcing today a €10 million investment into a new Additive Manufacturing Campus, to be located in Oberschleissheim, just north of Munich.
“Our new Additive Manufacturing Campus will concentrate the full spectrum of the BMW Group’s 3D printing expertise at a single location,” said Udo Hänle, Head of Production Integration and Pilot Plant. “This will allow us to test new technologies early on and continue developing our pioneering role.”
The Additive Manufacturing Campus will serve as a sort of pilot plant, developing the latest 3D printing technologies and making them available for use within the network. Work at the campus will include parts manufacturing for prototype construction, series production, and customized solutions. The location will also serve as an interdisciplinary training and project area. It will be located in a building over 6,000 square meters in size, and will accommodate up to 80 employees and more than 30 metal and plastic industrial additive manufacturing systems.
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