Global logistics major DB Schenker is continuing with its technological drive to make its operations more seamless. Recently, the company claimed to have become the world’s first logistics service provider offering its customers an extensive 3-D printing service.
A company release maintained that the customers can now upload the 3-D template via the online portal eSchenker, select materials and color, consult prices, place orders and have the printing delivered. At present, printing includes medical devices made from stainless steel, robot gripper fingers made from plastic, or customized packaging material.
For the new offering, the company has collaborated with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics. The 3D printing solutions have been developed at the DB Schenker Enterprise Lab in Dortmund where experiments were conducted since 2015.”The 3-D printing can be an alternative to transporting goods in certain cases. As the world’s first logistics service provider, we aim to leverage the potential of this technology with an innovative offering for our customers,” said Jochen Thewes, CEO of Schenker AG: “In this way, DB Schenker is able to meet growing demand from customers.”