Plastic, stainless steel or aluminum: DB Schenker’s new 3D printing service allows customers to choose from various materials. Other options, like titanium or material combinations, are set to follow
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Whether it is medical devices made of stainless steel or robot gripper fingers made of plastic – spare parts produced by a 3D printer are becoming increasingly important in many sectors. As a result, DB Schenker is now the world’s first logistics provider to offer an extensive service via its online portal eSchenker that includes the printing and delivery of the required parts. Customers simply upload a 3D template, select the desired material and then have the printed parts delivered.
“In certain cases, 3D printing can be a viable alternative to transporting goods. As the world’s first logistics service provider, we aim to leverage the potential of this technology with an innovative offering for our customers,” said Jochen Thewes, CEO of Schenker AG. “By doing so, DB Schenker is able to meet growing demand from customers.” The company has been analyzing the capabilities of 3D printing together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics since 2015. This new service is being offered within the framework of a network of partners, which also includes a number of startups.