BMW Group Invests €10 Million in German Additive Manufacturing Campus

The multinational automotive BMW Group has invested €10 million (approximately $12.3 million) in an Additive Manufacturing Campus scheduled to open early 2019.

A 6,000 square meter facility, the new Additive Manufacturing Campus will focus on prototyping, series production of parts, and customized solutions for the automotive industry.

Udo Hänle, Head of Production Integration at BMW comments, “Our new Additive Manufacturing Campus will concentrate the full spectrum of the BMW Group’s 3D printing expertise at a single location. This will allow us to test new technologies early on and continue developing our pioneering role.”

Pedal to the metal for 3D printing at BMW

According to BMW 3D printing is an integral part of research and development at the company. At sites in Spartanburg (U.S.), Shenyang (China) and Rayong (Thailand) BMW already uses 3D printing for prototyping purposes.

Recently, under the BMW Group umbrella, the MINI car brand introduced a commercial 3D printing service that allows customers to specify decals for the lights and dash of their cars. Fellow group brand Rolls-Royce has been applying 3D printing to the production of its bespoke vehicles. And the company has also applied 3D printing to the restoration of Elvis Presley’s BMW 507.

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Richard Yen
Richard Yen

About Richard Yen

Richard has more than 27 years with Altair and just recently became the new Vice-President, Global Automotive. He is responsible for understanding the major trends of the automotive industry, aligning Altair’s technology, formulating marketing message and business strategy to maximize opportunities as well as values to the customers. In the past, he’s held various leadership roles in software, services business and overseas assignments. He earned his Master’s Degree of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1988. He is conversant in English, Chinese and Japanese.