Industrial Additive Manufacturing

Industrial additive manufacturing applications are primarily linked to prototyping in the automotive field and early adoption for production in the aerospace segment, which is by far the biggest user of polymer and especially metal 3D printing technologies.

As the machines production throughput has increased in recent years, industrial adoption of AM is now beginning to extend to short and medium batch production for the automotive segment as well. Furthermore, as new metal and polymer technologies now enable the production of larger parts at reduced costs, the use of AM has begun to contaminate the energy segment (with applications in both traditional and sustainable energy production and transport) and the marine segment.

While the cost and time reduction benefits of AM technologies for weight and (topology) optimization, subassemblies and generative part design have been well documented, several hurdles still exist that are limiting a widespread adoption of these key technologies in full end-to-end digital and automated production cycles. Several of these hurdles are inherent to the AM technologies and related material availability, however, the biggest challenges remain linked to process standardization, part finishing and repeatability.

Today every major aerospace or automotive manufacturers has made some significant stride toward adoption of AM both for internal R&D and production and by leveraging external 3D printing service bureaus as a key resource for outsourced supplies. Every AM related industrial project is growing and the trend is clearly accelerating.

Latest industrial AM news:

  • About a year ago, Siemens took the next step in its structural realignment and Siemens Energy went public on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange as a leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power. As such, Siemens Energy is now one of the largest adopters and – via its fully-owned…

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  • The American Petroleum Institute (API) published the new API Standard 20S to drive the adoption of additive manufacturing—3D printing—to optimize natural oil and gas component design. The new standard’s guidelines aim for drastically reduced lead times and to drive efficiency, safety and technological advancements across all segments of the industry.…

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  • Stratasys has introduced ProtectAM, a new data security solution to enhance the cybersecurity of additive manufacturing as its role in U.S. government and DoD applications grows larger and more mission-critical. The new ProtectAM solution is the first in additive manufacturing to use Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the leading enterprise Linux…

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  • metal AM materials

    Dozens of companies are investing in metals for additive manufacturing. 3dpbm’s AM company index, the largest and most complete listing of verified AM companies in the world, currently features 83 metal powder metallurgy companies that produce metal materials for additive manufacturing. For several powder metallurgy firms, venturing into AM is…

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  • Baker Hughes’ Energy Innovation Center, Additive Manufacturing Technology Center, and energy transition teams supported a project proposal the U.S. Department of Energy. Baker Hughes’ project of “Coal-Enhanced PEEK Filament Production for Additive Manufacturing in Industrial Services” was selected to receive funding to develop innovative ways to use coal wastes. The…

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  • TÜV SÜD Product Service now offers certification of industrial AM sites in accordance with the new ISO/ASTM 52920 standard. The standard describes quality-assurance requirements and forms part of the ISO/ASTM 52900 series, which is fundamental for this relatively new industry. “Using the new standard, component manufacturers can streamline supplier audits…

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  • Sakuú Corporation, a company leading the development of an automated multi-material multi-process additive manufacturing to produce 3D printed SSBs (solid-state batteries), today closed a follow-on financing round bringing total funds raised to date to $62M. This funding bolsters the company’s ability to commercialize its first-generation solid-state batteries and bring to…

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  • Doosan Heavy held an online ceremony on September 30th to celebrate the construction of a 3D printing fabrication shop on the grounds of its Changwon headquarters. The opening of the 3D printing fabrication facility online event was attended by key figures that include the Changwon City Mayor Seong-Mu Heo, who…

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  • Cyient is a global engineering, manufacturing, and digital technology solutions company founded in India and with offices worldwide. Strengthening its design-led manufacturing capabilities, Cyient has purchased a new SLM 280 system following international support from SLM Solutions. It will be integrated into the company’s first metal additive manufacturing facility in…

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  • Massivit 3D Printing Technologies will present its latest additive manufacturing technologies at IBEX 2021 in Tampa, Florida at Booth 3-053 on September 28-30, marking its expansion into the marine manufacturing market. The company will showcase the Massivit 5000 – recently launched to serve large-scale production for marine, automotive, and rail manufacturers…

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