Volvo truck North America has a factory in Dublin, Virginia, the New River Valley (NRV) plant, which produces trucks for the entire North American market. Volvo trucks recently used 3D printing technology to produce truck parts, saving about $1000 each, greatly reducing production costs.
Volvo truck 3D printing technology saves $1000 per part
NRV Factory Advanced Manufacturing Technology is exploring advanced manufacturing technology and 3D printing technology applications for 12 Volvo truck plants around the world. At present, more than 500 kinds of 3D printing technology and assembly tools and fixtures have been tested and used in the innovation project laboratory of NRV factory to improve the production efficiency of trucks.
Volvo trucks have selected SLS 3D printing technology and made use of high-performance engineering plastic materials to make, test tools and fixtures that are ultimately used in the manufacture and assembly of trucks. The components designed by the engineer in the three-dimensional modeling software can be imported directly and printed in 3D, the required time is only a few hours to several tens of hours, and the time spent is greatly reduced compared with the traditional method for manufacturing the assembly tool.
Volvo Truck NRV Plant
In addition, 3D printing technology gives Volvo trucks more flexibility, not outsourcing tool-making projects, but 3D printing in factories. It not only optimizes the process of tool making, but also reduces the inventory as needed, thus reducing the cost of truck delivery to end users and enhancing competitiveness.
3D printing technology paint atomization cleaner parts
Volvo truck 3D printing recently made parts of paint atomization cleaners, saving about $1000 per part compared with traditional manufacturing methods, significantly reducing the cost of manufacturing and assembling trucks. In addition, Volvo trucks also use 3D printing technology to produce roof sealing tools, fuse mounting pressure plates, drilling fixtures, brake pressure gauges, vacuum drill pipes, hood drilling tools, power steering adapter supports, baggage warehouse door measuring tools, luggage warehouse door plugs and other tools or fixtures.