Stratasys Volvo slashes tool production time by more than 94%

Editor: Barbara Schulz

Germany – Using a Stratasys Fortus 3D Production System, France-based Volvo Trucks has reduced turnaround times of certain assembly line manufacturing tools from 36 days to two days while reducing tooling costs.

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Using Stratasys additive manufacturing technology, Volvo Trucks has reduced turnaround times on certain clamps, jigs and supports from 36 days to just two days, the company says.
Using Stratasys additive manufacturing technology, Volvo Trucks has reduced turnaround times on certain clamps, jigs and supports from 36 days to just two days, the company says.
(Source: Stratasys)

Volvo Trucks’ Lyon engine plant produces various engine types and sizes for the Volvo Group, including Renault Trucks, which the Group bought in 2001. According to Stratasys, Volvo Trucks has dramatically decreased turnaround times of assembly line manufacturing tools by more than 94% since incorporating Stratasys additive manufacturing technology at its engine production facility in Lyon, France.

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Improving overall efficiency and flexibility

According to Pierre Jenny, manufacturing director at Volvo Trucks, the company has reduced the time taken to design and manufacture certain tools traditionally produced in metal, from 36 days to just two days in thermoplastic ABS-plus using its Stratasys Fortus 3D Production System. These significant gains in time are also improving the production plant’s overall efficiency and flexibility; delivery times are upheld and the use of additive manufacturing has saved costs by reducing wastage.

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From a financial perspective, Jenny estimates that, where customised or small quantities of tools are required, the all-in cost of 3D printing ABS thermoplastic items is - in some cases - as little as 1€/cm3, compared to up to 100€/cm3 if making the same item from metal.

“Stratasys 3D printing has made an incredible impact to the way we work,” he explains. “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.”

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