The Volvo Truck, an ultra-reliable paradigm of automotive innovation, is built for the long haul. And like the truck itself, the tools used to build its engine need to be rugged, streamlined and efficient. To produce tough manufacturing and assembly tools in 94 percent less time, Volvo Trucks now 3D prints many of them on a Fortus 3D Production System.
Pierre Jenny, manufacturing director at Volvo Trucks’ engine production facility in Lyon, France, estimates that the tools his plant previously machined in metal required 36 days to design and manufacture. Now in just two days, their Fortus system can 3D print lighter-weight tools and fixtures in production-grade ABSplus thermoplastic.
Volvo Trucks has reduced turnaround times on certain clamps, jigs and supports from 36 days to just 2 days.
“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.”
Pierre Jenny, manufacturing director at Volvo Trucks