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Loramendi and voxeljet present massive automated AM system for cores

Installed at BMW Group Plant Landshut for large-scale production of castings

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Loramendi S. Coop. and specialized binder jetting hardware, materials and services company voxeljet AG have developed a process and equipment for BMW Group Plant in Landshut that allows automatic large-scale production of sand cores used in castings for high-efficiency engines. BMW has already installed several VJET X systems from voxeljet.

Loramendi and voxeljet present massive automated AM system installed at BMW Group Plant Landshut for large-scale production for sand cores
3D printed inorganic core for the cylinder head of the B48 engine.

The production of these sand cores using the binder jetting 3D printing process makes it possible to optimize the design of the cylinder head, reduce consumption and significantly increase the engine’s efficiency. This technological improvement allows the BMW Group Plant Landshut to remain at the forefront of its industry and to innovate thanks to the flexibility of additive manufacturing continuously.

The premium car manufacturer needed a concept to automate and industrialize the additive manufacturing process for sand cores. Previously, the work steps before printing (preparation and reuse of the molding material) and after printing (drying, unpacking and cleaning the printed parts) were manual and tedious. It was therefore necessary to rethink the existing solutions and create a fully automated, integrated line.
Loramendi’s ICP production line presented at the last GIFA.

Loramendi and voxeljet present massive automated AM system installed at BMW Group Plant Landshut for large-scale production for sand cores
voxeljet’s VX1300-X printer and Loramendi’s microwave are some of the patented assets developed for ICP technology.

The development teams at BMW Group Plant Landshut, Loramendi and voxeljet tested and validated the systems and processes to demonstrate the feasibility of an automated, additive manufacturing line for large-scale production. The close cooperation between the teams and the flexibility of the systems developed under the ICP brand (Industrialization of Core Printing) were the key to the success of this forward-looking Industry 4.0 project.

The ICP facility currently produces thousands of 3D printed cores per week for the mass production of the latest generation of engines at BMW Group Plant Landshut. This technology combines 50 years of foundry experience with the advantages of additive manufacturing in a world-leading production line

 

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