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:

  • US Navy's MAINTENX chooses SPEE3D’s cold spray metal 3D technology. To print military maritime parts from land and sea.

    SPEE3D, a supplier of some of the world’s fastest metal 3D printers (using the company’s cold spray technology), and a current Australian army manufacturing partner, has been selected by the US Navy to take part in the Navy’s MaintenX exercise to manufacture deployable metal 3D printing technology on both land…

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  • BEAMIT invests in M Line concept laser system from GE Additive. Meeting growing demand from aerospace and defense customers.

    BEAMIT Group, partly owned by SANDVIK, has invested in a GE Additive Concept Laser M Line system to meet growing demand from its aerospace and defense customers for both large format metal 3D printed components and the assistance in industrializing additive production. This investment comes six months after Avio Aero,…

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  • Massivit 10000 printer official launch said to be a 'huge success'. There is currently a total of 29 reservations for the printer.

    According to Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the launch of the Massivit 10000 printer was a success. The launch took place, last weekend, at the JEC World trade show, in France. In preparation for the launch, and over the course of the trade show, the company executed a marketing campaign, which,…

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  • Los Angeles-based Aerojet Rocketdyne—a manufacturer with a proud heritage in spaceflight and rocket propulsion—is a key supplier of systems for NASA’s (and ESA’s) long-awaited Artemis mission, which is expected to bring humanity back to the Moon, this time to stay. Additive manufacturing – and particularly technology from Velo3D, also in…

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  • The launch AM Forward, a voluntary compact between large, iconic manufacturers and their smaller U.S.-based suppliers, has been celebrated by the Biden administration, calling US Congress to pass a bipartisan Innovation Act. This is probably the most significant political acknowledgment of additive manufacturing as a solution to supply chain challenges…

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  • Lithoz GmbH, a market and innovation leader in ceramic 3D printing, has delivered and installed the UK’s first CeraFab Multi 2M30 at Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult, a government-backed research facility, headquartered in Newport, South Wales, UK. This impressive machine combines ceramic with ceramic, metal, or polymers in one single…

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  • Zeal 3D, a leading Australian additive manufacturing company, will attend INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition 2022 in Sydney. At the event, the company will get the opportunity to embrace ongoing 3D printing trends in the marine industry and interact with stakeholders worldwide. Zeal 3D is a leading manufacturer offering a…

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  • Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., (Nasdaq: LECO) utilized its proprietary large-scale, metal 3D printing solution to deliver just-in-time parts to Chevron USA, Inc. to help bring a refinery back online according to schedule. During a recent routine maintenance shutdown, extended lead times and supply chain delays on traditionally manufactured parts challenged…

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  • MELD Manufacturing awarded at 2022 AMUG Conference. For the company's involvement with the U.S. Army’s Jointless Hull Program.

    MELD and CEO, Nanci Hardwick, were presented with the Advanced Concepts Award at the 2022 Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference. The annual conference was held in Chicago, Illinois. The Advanced Concepts award recognizes individuals and their companies for outstanding work in additive manufacturing technology. The first-place award was a…

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  • New RF additive manufacturing laboratory opened by CAES. Providing AM services for next-generation aerospace and defense systems.

    CAES, a leading provider of mission-critical electronics, has opened its new state-of-the-art radio frequency (RF) additive manufacturing operations in Exeter, New Hampshire. The lab supports CAES’ partnership with SWISSto12, a leading provider of 3D printed technology for RF applications, and is dedicated to bringing additive manufacturing solutions to the United…

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