Additive Manufacturing Franken Guss Breathes New Life into Classic Cars
Franken Guss, actually known as an innovative and technically experienced foundry for the automotive sector, follows the "reverse engineering" approach to supply classic car enthusiasts with spare parts.
What happens if a beloved classic car breaks down and its driving ability is no longer guaranteed? The classic car enthusiast sets out on a tedious search for spare parts. And this is where the suffering of the fans begins: often the components no longer exist on the market or the available and alternative parts do not meet the requirements. In addition to a possible loss of registration, the classic car would also lose value. Franken Guss, as an innovative foundry, gives classic car fans great pleasure by restoring the necessary components using the latest technology. Since 2017, the traditional Kitzingen-based company has not only been manufacturing parts for new vehicles but is also breathing new life into classic cars by using the latest technology. Among experts, this is referred to as reverse engineering.
Even if there is no more drawing or 3D model of the component, a 3D scanner converts the existing component, regardless of whether it is defective or not, into a digital 3D model. Then it is possible to recondition the defective components and repair faults. In the next step, a physically and qualitatively high-quality component is produced from the 3D model by means of selective laser melting (SLM). The classic car enthusiast can have additional wishes fulfilled, which make his classic car unique. Thanks to additive production, there are almost no limits. For example, lettering, such as the name of the collector, can also be printed or massive component areas can be replaced by complex lightweight structures. Further refinement of additively manufactured components is also possible; classic car enthusiasts have all options at their disposal, from pure polishing to chrome plating and anodizing.
Once the component has been digitized, it can be produced again quickly and with little effort at any time. For classic car clubs and restorers, the combination of reverse engineering and additive manufacturing offers completely new opportunities to breathe new life into classic cars that would otherwise have to be scrapped.
Franken Guss GmbH & Co. KG is an owner-managed medium-sized company based in Kitzingen in Lower Franconia with approx. 600 employees and an annual turnover of approx. € 129 million. As an automotive supplier for drive and chassis parts in iron and aluminum die casting, Franken Guss is one of the largest foundries in Germany. In addition to customers from the automotive industry, the company also supplies industries such as mechanical engineering, the aviation industry, household appliances and the electrical industry. In addition to the existing conventional casting technology with cast iron materials (grey cast iron, nodular cast iron and vermicular cast iron) and all common aluminum die casting alloys, Franken Guss introduced the new technology of selective laser beam melting, also commonly known as 3D printing, in autumn 2017.