Mercedes Teams with FATHOM to Engineer Cargo Delivery System

Published by , January 3, 2017 4:51 am

(3Ders.org) Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with 3D printing studio FATHOM to engineer a sophisticated cargo delivery management system. Using electromechanical tiles embedded with sensors, cargo delivery companies can now actively track packages from inside the delivery vehicle. The Mercedes-FATHOM system eliminates the sometimes lengthy time spent sorting and identifying packages once they’re in the truck, and a much faster delivery system overall.
“The whole design process has really benefitted from 3D printing and other rapid prototyping processes,” says Neal Ulrich, a design engineer at the Mercedes Xtron Lab. “This speed allows us to bang out a bunch of different variations all at the same time or in quick succession, and really see what works and what doesn’t by playing with the actual prototypes. We went from engineering drawings to our first physical prototype in just about four weeks.”

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