AM Rollout for Audi Sport and Next Level of Design Automation
German automobile manufacturer Audi AG has expanded production at its R8 facility, the Böllinger Höfe, with an integrated 3D printing department.
Employees in this new space are creating custom 3D printed parts, including auxiliary tools, to save on maintenance costs. “When designing a prototype, it is very important to us that we fulfil our colleagues’ wishes exactly”, explained Waldemar Hirsch, Audi Sport’s 3D Printing Coordinator at the Böllinger Höfe in Heilbronn, Germany. “Our goal is to provide our Audi colleagues the 3D printed tool as quickly as possible, thus supporting them in their daily work.”
Audi’s Böllinger Höfe has been using FFF/FDM 3D printing for five years to print auxiliary tools within the Audi R8 assembly line. Now, with a separate department focused on manufacturing tools to support production, Hirsh and his team hope to teach their fellow Audi employees how to create such 3D printed instruments.