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Daimler Funds 3D Printer for Auto Production
1/4/2013

Daimler AG has funded the development of the X line 1000R large build volume additive manufacturing (AM) system for use in automotive production.   (Source: Fraunhofer Institute)
Daimler AG has funded the development of the X line 1000R large build volume additive manufacturing (AM) system for use in automotive production.
(Source: Fraunhofer Institute)

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Interesting development
Ann R. Thryft   1/4/2013 2:53:35 PM
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ervin0072002, I agree on that business model, at least for the low-end machines. But it will take time before volumes are high enough for that model to work. Meanwhile, the high-end machines, such as the one in this article, are an entirely different animal: they're more like a capital equipment purchase.

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Ann R. Thryft   1/4/2013 12:55:48 PM
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Elizabeth, there are several efforts afoot in the US to use 3D printers in high-volume mainstream car manufacturing. Stay tuned!

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ervin0072002   1/4/2013 9:44:20 AM
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I promise you that if 3D printers cost sub 200usd I would buy one and so would any one that can use the software. I just wish the price would get to that point faster. The manufacturers of these printers need to realize that selling the cartridges and printing materials will make them more money than the printers themselves. Sell the devices at cost and wait for the returns on the materials.

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Interesting development
Elizabeth M   1/4/2013 6:30:14 AM
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This is an exciting development in the world of 3D printing for sure and will certainly cut costs and provide more productivity for auto makers as it moves into the mainstream. As this is the work of European researchers, do you think the U.S. would embrace this sort of thing, too?

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