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Additive Manufacturing

Rethink industrial production

  • Key Figures

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Technologies
150
3D-Printer
2M
parts per year
15
Materials

Customized AM solutions for your challenges

Industry-leading pioneers since 2016

Opening a new chapter in industrialized manufacturing by overcoming design and production limitations.

Helmets for professional football players, automotive seating for sportscars, or backpacks for outdoor enthusiasts – OECHSLER has inspired renowned customers with innovative Additive Manufacturing solutions that have revolutionized product cycles in several industries. As a turnkey partner for our customers and specialist for broad product requirements, we provide development services, maximum design freedom, and tailor-made production processes with our state-of-the-art printer fleet in small or high-volume series production.

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Ideation

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Development

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Industrialization

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Series production

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Ideation

Pushing technological boundaries

At OECHSLER, we firmly believe that future-oriented development between partners will lead to better products. Additive Manufacturing has enabled us to rethink products, anticipate potential challenges and advance entire use cases in the respective field. With a team of more than 100 skilled engineers, we constantly drive new product ideas for Additive Manufacturing. Several development projects that emerged from a new idea, such as 3D printed seating upholstery or backpack cushioning, have now been transferred to series production for our customers.

engineer working on digital files for 3d printed cushioning elements for Techart car seat

Development

Quantum-leap engineering

OECHSLER is a technology-independent solution provider with cross-industry experience in Additive Manufacturing. Based on your product requirements, our team works out a forward-driven manufacturing solution providing you with the best possible result – including future-oriented design, best-fit printing technology, specified material choice, and customized pre- and post-processing. Along with our partners, we develop the features of your product and provide the best design in accordance with the quality standard of your industry.

hp multjet fusion printer fleet at oechsler site in brodswinden

Industrialization

Paving the way for volume production

OECHSLER’s expertise in Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Manufacturing, in combination with our state-of-the-art printer fleet, significantly shortens product development cycles and time to market. In a very limited period of time, products can be developed and optimized fully digital, manufacturing infrastructure, including pre- and post-production, is in place, and serial production is ready to run. Our portfolio includes services like failure path detection (FMEA), risk analysis, and advanced product quality planning (APQP).

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Series production

Flexibility on demand

OECHSLER delivers the flexibility to produce a wide range of products at scale and supports clients facing high demand volatilities. Across our global production sites, OECHSLER operates more than 150 printers in series production, including liquid, powder, and metal technologies. Thus, we produce more than two million components per year for various industries, including automotive and sporting goods. Even in small or large series production, we can provide short-term adjustments to product design, continuously optimize processes, and offer flexible manufacturing capacities.

Rethinking High-Volume Production

Additive Manufacturing

OECHSLER is a technology and manufacturer-independent solution provider for Additive Manufacturing. Operating one of the largest printer fleets globally, we offer powder-, liquid- and metal-based product lines while enabling flexibility and individualization in production and design, reducing time-to-market and tooling investments.

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Printing Technologies

"Since the printing itself corresponds to 50% of the production value chain, the expertise OECHSLER built up in the post-processing of 3D printed components, is another success criterion for series production."

Edward Wakefield
Author at 3D Printing Media Network
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Design Freedom

Lattice Structure and Solid Parts

Additive Manufacturing provides the freedom to design all kinds of geometries without limitations and print them in one job without further assembly. Complex geometries and increased functionality for Solid Parts enrich injection molding solutions but enable a brand-new approach for cushioning, made of open-grid structures called “Lattice”. 

Lattice & Solid Parts

Fit to industry

High-performance material portfolio

A diverse material portfolio is a key to exceeding the wide-ranging quality standards across all product requirements. OECHSLER collaborates closely with its material partners including Carbon, BASF and Rapidshape to provide suitable material and meet the distinct need of customers across various industries. Due to our profound testing approach, we can ensure the best damping, durability, and energy absorption characteristics. Among others our material portfolio includes:

  • EPU
  • EPX
  • TPU
  • PA12
  • PP

Specialized Bike Saddle

The S-Works Romin Evo with Mirror technology has been specially developed for the performance cycling market by the engineering teams of Specialized, Carbon, and OECHSLER. It excels in rider comfort, pelvic stability, and soft tissue health.

TECHART Car Seat

Replacing conventional upholstery with Additive Manufacturing results in a noticeable weight reduction for racing seats while enhancing comfort and ventilation for an even more luxurious experience.

3d printed red dot award winning backpack with 3d printed backpads with lattice structure

OECHSLER Backpack

Trekking backpacks create an entirely new carrying experience by integrating 3D printed lattice comfort pads. Made of BASF Ultrasint TPU01, it significantly reduces temperature and humidity rise at pressure points.

Riddell Football Helmet

3D-printed lattice can, depending on their structure, also absorb energy. Therefore it is predestined for protective equipment. Our customer Riddell uses this technology for damping elements in football helmets for the American football league.

3d printed midsoles coated in lime green for running shoes

Midsoles

3D-printed midsoles upgrade your running game: Lattice enables enhanced cushioning and turns vertical force into forwarding motion. Developed in close cooperation with our partner Carbon, they have also been the first product OECHSLER ever ran in additive series production.

Seating Furniture

OECHSLER’s innovative approach to manufacturing seating furniture yields an unprecedented and more comfortable way of cushioning, freedom of design, and high sustainability due to easy recycling of the individual parts.

Use Cases

  • Additive Manufacturing

Jack Wolfskin Combines Exceptional Padding and Ventilation in Aerorise Backpack

Together with OECHSLER and Carbon, Jack Wolfskin revolutionized the backpack market and delivered a perfect back pad solution.

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  • Additive Manufacturing

TECHART and OECHSLER bring innovative, lightweight seating solutions to racetracks

TECHART and OECHSLER enable superior design and seating comfort for high-performance cars with additively manufactured upholstery.

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  • Additive Manufacturing

Bike saddle reimagined

Specialized, Carbon &OECHSLER rethink bike saddles by using latest scientific results and innovative production technologies.

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  • Additive Manufacturing

The innovative Outdoor Backpack - your buddy for sustainable adventures

VAUDE and OECHSLER enable sustainable, technical enhanced products and manufacturing processes on the way to the circular economy.

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  • Additive Manufacturing

OECHSLER’s Trekking Backpack - to fill your soul with Wanderlust

We provide sophisticated solutions, based on 20 years of experience in actuator development, prototyping, and manufacturing.

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  • Additive Manufacturing

Motorbike Saddle – OECHSLER and Forward AM Put the Smiles Back in the Miles

Lightweight design, air permeability, and increased material stability for greatly improved user comfort on long motorbike rides.

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Seating Experience 2.0 - How OECHSLER reinvented car seats

With additively manufactured car seats a new era of seating has begun enhancing driver comfort and enabling an extra spark of design.

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Our Partner

“The key is to capitalize on the success of these applications and spread the understanding that additive manufacturing using DLS is a proven high-volume manufacturing option that unlocks opportunities available with no other manufacturing technology.”

Joe Batdorf
Director for DLS-Production at Carbon
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Locations with this technology

  • Europe

OECHSLER Brodswinden (Germany)

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  • Asia Pacific

OECHSLER Taicang (China)

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  • Asia Pacific

OECHSLER Motion Long An (Vietnam)

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Let's talk about your ideas - we are ready to support your project. Markus Bischoff Vice President Sporting Goods and Additive Manufacturing
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