GKN Driveline Overcomes Production Downtimes with 3D Printed Manufacturing Tools
Founded in 1759, GKN Group is a leading global engineering company with expertise spanning design to manufacturing complex service systems and technologies for world-renowned brands. The company’s global network includes dedicated divisions that serve aerospace, automotive, powder metallurgy and other industries. GKN Driveline is responsible for developing and manufacturing innovative automotive driveline solutions servicing over 90% of the world’s car manufacturers, including Maserati and Ferrari.
The GKN Driveline plant in Florence produces key transmission components for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group. With in-house CNC machining at full capacity, the Florence division began outsourcing a high proportion of its tool development.
GKN Driveline Florence is testing a range of new tooling applications on their Fortus 450mc, including bespoke end- of-arm tools.
“3D printing enables us to overcome barriers traditionally associated with CNC machining, helping us realize our most complex designs, as well as print bespoke tools on-demand. These capabilities allow us to improve our workbench flexibility, optimize our workflow and eliminate costly downtimes of the production line.”
Carlo Cavallini, GKN Group