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Schaeffler presents metal-ceramic 3D printing system

The concept for multi-material 3D printing, presented at automatica, will be available in 2024

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Schaeffler Special Machinery, the Schaeffler Group’s special machine construction unit, will be showcasing its portfolio of turnkey production systems at automatica 2023 (June 27-30), the leading international trade fair for intelligent automation and robotics. A new system for multi-material 3D printing will be a key feature of the booth: the unique concept for the high-precision production of 3D printed parts comprising a combination of metals and ceramics will be available in 2024.

“Our newly developed system concept for multi-material 3D printing represents a milestone in the integration of additive manufacturing processes into our production lines,” said Bernd Wollenick, Senior Vice President of Schaeffler Special Machinery. “This solution will allow customers to use innovative material combinations, integrate new functions into components and tools, and provide a higher degree of flexibility in the design of products and tools.”

As an example of production concepts in the medical sector, Schaeffler Special Machinery is presenting a solution at automatica that enables the flexible assembly of X-ray tubes, designed for the production of six different variants. In the field of e-mobility, the fully affiliated Schaeffler subsidiary will be showcasing a range of solutions including a system for manufacturing combined electric axle systems comprising electric motor, transmission, and a power electronics unit.

Schaeffler Special Machinery presents a concept for multi-material metal-ceramic 3D printing system that will be available in 2024
Innovative concepts for external customers: At automatica in Munich, Germany, Schaeffler Special Machinery will be showcasing a flexible and modular assembly line for X-ray tube production as an example of systems used in the medical sector. Foto: Schaeffler

Solutions for battery production, which are also in great demand, will also be on show at the trade fair. “We have already been successful in implementing projects for external customers within e-mobility for the internationally growing battery market,” says Bernd Wollenick. The range includes system concepts used in module assembly for all customary battery cell formats, which can be scaled to various output rates. Schaeffler Special Machinery can provide an agile and rapid response here, delivering turnkey solutions with simultaneous engineering to customer standards with short lead times.

Ten customer-specific systems have been developed for automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers to date, for use in isolating prismatic cells. Highlights include the combination of highly dynamic robots and transfer systems with direct drives, the integration of laser structuring and plasma activation as well as the high-voltage testing of the entire battery cell surface following paint application.

Schaeffler Special Machinery presents a concept for multi-material metal-ceramic 3D printing system that will be available in 2024
Schaeffler Special Machinery is presenting its solutions for future production at automatica in Munich. Foto: Schaeffler

“Our production concept portfolio for over 10,000 different products is aimed at customers across a wide variety of industries. Last year, we expanded this list of customers to include well-known manufacturers of battery systems, medical technology, consumer goods, and e-mobility solutions,” emphasizes Bernd Wollenick. “As an industrialization partner with extensive production expertise, Schaeffler Special Machinery offers customers around the globe optimum solutions that are modular, sustainable, and tailored to requirements,” says Bernd Wollenick.

“We supply everything from a single source: From the idea and the first system concept through to stable volume production. As a fully affiliated subsidiary of the Schaeffler Group, we stand for innovation and creative engineering, and bring comprehensive production know-how and extensive digitalization expertise to the table,” explained Bernd Wollenick. The core competencies of Schaeffler Special Machinery, with its head office in Erlangen, Germany, revolve around assembly systems, test systems, machine tools, and handling technology.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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