We have repeatedly been exposed to the revolutionary applications of 3D printing in the automotive and transportation industry, demonstrating the enormous potential of this technology. Many car manufacturers have adopted additive manufacturing in their manufacturing processes. Take, for example, Sweden's Volvo Group, headquartered in Gothenburg, which recently chose to integrate 3D printing technology from Australian industrial machinery manufacturer Titomic. Titomic specializes in the manufacture, coating and repair of metal components, serving sectors such as aerospace and automotive.

Volvo has six plants worldwide and is a major player in the automotive, heavy machinery and MRO sectors. The company is also one of the largest truck manufacturers in the world. Volvo recently implemented Titomic's cold spray technology, an advanced additive manufacturing method that coats surfaces with thick layers of special metals without melting them. Specifically, this includes the D523 low-pressure cold spray system that Volvo purchased. The company currently plans to integrate the technology into its repair and overhaul operations, so the sale is also an indication of the growing importance of Titomic's technology in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector, representing a step forward for the company in this area .

Titomic's cold spray technology (Photos: Titomic)

However, the integration of this system is far from Titomic's first venture into the operations of prominent market players. Titomic has previously supplied its technology to companies such as MTU Power and Rolls Royce. The adoption of additive manufacturing technology by large, reputable companies highlights the enormous potential and capabilities inherent in 3D printing. Volvo's product range covers not only mining trucks but also marine engines, demonstrating the versatility of this technology. The Titomics D523 will be used for maintenance, repair and overhaul of Volvo heavy machinery engines. The technology will be used in particular in Volvo Trucks and potentially in Volvo Construction Equipment. Titomic CEO Herbert Koeck had the following to say about the sale of Volvo's 3D printing machine:

The integration of Titomic's D523 into Volvo Group's repair activities is a key win. The adoption of this technology by Volvo demonstrates the strong performance of Titomic products and the growing interest in them across Europe and the global remanufacturing and maintenance sector. This sale opens avenues for additional sales at Volvo and strengthens evidence of the impact of Titomic's technology in the remanufacturing and maintenance sectors, enhancing Titomic's ability to effectively pursue sales within remanufacturing and across industries."

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