BMW Uses 3D Printing for Custom Thumb Guards
In the past, BMW successfully used 3D printing during the 2012 London Olympics to create custom wheelchair seats for the Great Britain Paralympic team. Now, the German automaker is using the same technology to provide workers located in a Munich factory with thumb guards that assist them with a specific task that they perform time and time again. The thumb guards, which are customized to fit to each worker's thumb, help workers to successfully put rubber plugs into place that are used during the vehicle manufacturing process. Classified as an orthotic device, the thumb guard itself was created by BMW with the help of the Department of Ergonomics at the Technical University of Munichcan.