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03/04/2014

ONE COMPONENT – ONE MODULE – ONE BODY – ONE VISION

With its latest exhibit, "EDAG GENESIS", EDAG offers a visionary outlook for what might well be the next industrial revolution in automotive development and production.

Even though industrial usage of additive manufacturing processing is still in its infancy, the revolutionary advantages with regard to greater freedom in development and tool-free production make this technology a subject for the future. From today's point of view, the production of components, and in the next stage modules, is certainly feasible. As for the target of using additive manufacturing to produce complete vehicle bodies: there is still a long way to go before this becomes an industrial application, so for the time being, it remains a vision.
The development process chain, from performance specifications to topological analysis, function development, bionic design and production-oriented design, has not yet been established, and is still very time-consuming. Additive manufacturing processes have not yet been integrated into the established manufacturing process chain.
Decentralised manufacturing structures will help to bring about flexibility and efficiency in the future product evolution, which is far more than just spare parts manufacturing. Technical knowledge relating to the manufacturing and development process chains is not always pooled together. Tool-free, variant-compatible additive manufacturing might even also make it possible to produce small quantities of ultra-light, CO2-optimised vehicle designs that meet crash and load requirements (e.g. for NCAP or EU); these could be made with great precision for special markets, possibly even in an existing vehicle.

The EDAG development teams, competence centre for lightweight construction, and production specialists from EDAG Production Solutions will be keeping a close watch on the evolution of additive manufacturing.

New, bionic design options also help to reduce the weight of the plant technology, leading to energy savings in its production and operation: the tendency is towards lighter components, lighter tools, lighter clamping technology, smaller robots.
Additive manufacturing potential will considerably simplify the complexity of the press shop process and the layout of sub-assembly production. Function modules will be directly generated or systematically fitted with reinforcing elements, pressed parts will be structurally simplified, as complex structures will be implemented using the additive methods. As the additive technology requires very little in the way of fixtures, the production system will react with far greater tolerance to model changes, facelifts and customer-specific product modifications.

The target: to develop and present practicable and valid applications for use in component development and production. The first stage will be small structural parts; however, we intend to make a real contribution to the development of the revolutionary idea of additive manufacturing.

ONE COMPONENT – ONE MODULE – ONE BODY – ONE VISION