16 February 2019

TRUMPF applies Industry 4.0 to 3D printing

To enable connected manufacturing, TRUMPF TruPrint 3D printers are linked to a manufacturing execution system (MES) and a smart ordering platform. This gives employees mobile, real-time access to the printers’ process data and pending orders and facilitates planning and paperless management of production, which boosts transparency, flexibility and ultimately also manufacturing productivity.

To establish additive technologies in industrial manufacturing, TRUMPF focuses on ensuring that its systems are highly reliable and efficient. “Otherwise, 3D printing methods can’t compete with conventional technologies such as milling and casting,” says Thomas Fehn, TRUMPF General Manager Additive Manufacturing.

In order to fully utilise and mass produce 3D printers, the systems must be automated. It is precisely for this reason that the new TruPrint 5000 has an automated process start, which reduces manual activities when employees prepare the system for printing. This saves time and improves both quality and productivity in additive manufacturing.

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