Daimler buses stay on the road thanks to OMNI digital inventorymore 3D printed spare parts

The OMNIplus 3D printable digital spare parts inventory from Wibu-systems, Farsoon Technologiesand Daimler buses will be exhibited at Formnext 2022 in Germany.

Wibu Systems has created OMNIplus, an online store for 3D printable parts. This shop was produced in conjunction with Daimler Buses, a Germany-based bus manufacturer, and Farsoon Technologies, a US-based global manufacturer and supplier of level metal and polymer laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) systems. industrial. The new online store allows owners and operators of Daimler and Bus Setra purchase and print a wide selection of consumables, depending on their needs. With CodeMeter protecting digital objects throughout the sales lifecycle, the service delivers on the promise of Industry 4.0 of manufacturing as a service. Daimler Buses has already identified around 40,000 potentially 3D-printable parts in its back catalog to add to the store. As a result, bus operators can now access the new OMNIplus 3D printing license online store and choose the items they need from an initial selection of 100 pieces. All buyers need to get the physical product in their hands is either access to their closest OMNIplus service partner to manage the process, or simply a Farsoon Technologies certified printer to set up their own mini-factory.

“The many years of excellent cooperation between Evobus and Farsoon really helped this complex project. We have found a very good partner in Wibu-Systems and the three of us are very proud to have developed this solution in record time,” said Dr Dirk Simon, Managing Director of Farsoon Europe.

“The successful implementation of AM’s revolutionary digital rights management system means that we and our partners have left a real mark in the digital 3D printing industry. This opens up completely new perspectives for our service operations and for the availability of products where they are needed at the point of sale, both commercially and with the good of our environment in mind,” added Ralf Anderhofstadt, manager of the Additive Manufacturing competence center. at Daimler Trucks and Buses.

OMNIplus – an online store for 3D printable parts

Spare parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands are created by OMNIplus using 3D printing digital component manufacturing technology. Nearly 40,000 bus and coach parts can currently be printed using 3D technology. For example, parts made of plastic, synthetic resin, ceramic or metal can be produced using high level precision – claims Wibu-Systems. According to Wibu-Systems, the functionality, reliability and service life of conventionally and 3D printed OMNIplus parts are the same.

For printing purposes, all important component information is stored in the “digital warehouse”. These components can be ordered easily using their references. According to Wibu-Systems, this indicates that a rapid global supply can be assured. Customers will also be able to purchase 3D printing licenses by accessing the “commerce” section on the OMNIplus ON Portal, instead of having the affected parts manufactured by a certified 3D printer of their choice. Thanks to this, customers will be able to save time and transportation costs can be avoided at the same time.

Digital Inventory, Industry 4.0 and Manufacturing as a Service

To organize 3D files and manufacturing data, the German 3D printing software provider 3YOURMIND previously released its Digital AM Inventory module. This addition to 3YOUR SPIRIT The workflow software aims to streamline production and develop a more affordable parts storage option than a physical warehouse.

Due to increasing interconnectedness and intelligent automation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, theorizes the rapid change in technology, industries, and societal patterns and processes in the 21st century. The craft of 3D printing is increasingly seen in relation to digital fabrication. Firms in sophisticated industries have begun to integrate additive manufacturing techniques under Industry 4.0. However, a survey conducted by the management consulting firm McKinsey & CompanyNew York-based says few have yet to properly embrace digital manufacturing methods.

By definition, manufacturing as a service means the practice of using a networked manufacturing infrastructure in a shared way to generate items. In other words, in order to save money and produce better quality goods, manufacturers are sharing their production equipment online.

For instance, Fathom Digital Manufacturing (FTHM), is an on-demand manufacturing service provider. FTHM announced a 33% increase in revenue in the first quarter of 2022. The company generated $40.5 million during the period, which was the first full quarter as a NYSE listed company, which is $10 million more than the $30.5 million recorded in the first quarter of 2021. CEO Ryan Martin says the increase in revenue was driven by the signing of several large multi-million dollar contracts during the quarter, “strong order volume” and the expansion of the company’s backlog of new business.

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