Volvo Trucks using 3D printing at New River Valley Plant for tools and fixtures

By mmillikin Volvo Trucks North America is utilizing 3D printing technology to produce tools and fixtures used in the manufacturing process at its New River Valley (NRV) plant in Dublin, Virginia, where all trucks for the North American market are built.

The implementation of 3D–printed manufacturing tools enables quicker production and continuous quality improvements.

Adam Crowder, manager of Advanced Manufacturing Technology at NRV, is leading a global manufacturing-focused network representing 12 Volvo Trucks’ plants around the world, collaborating to develop new 3D printing applications and techniques for improved manufacturing. After years of internal exploration with 3D printing technology and fine-tuning, there are now

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