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.


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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:

Titomic and Triton enter into strategic partnership for DoD R&D

Australian metal additive manufacturing company Titomic has made further inroads into the defense market, this time in the United States.…

1 week ago

Make valves not war: arms maker Beretta chips in by 3D printing valves

Weapon industry firms in Italy are considered strategic assets and are therefore not subjected to the same forced closures of…

2 weeks ago

DSM and JuggerBot 3D partner to advance FGF 3D printing

Global sciences company Royal DSM has announced an expanded partnership with JuggerBot 3D, a 3D printer manufacturer based in Youngstown,…

2 weeks ago

AM 4 Industry publishes manual for simulating 3D printed cooling channels

The Austria-based AM 4 Industry research network has published a comprehensive manual for tooling engineers to simulate additively manufactured cooling…

3 weeks ago

Your (Kid’s) next Gormiti collection was 3D printed on a Stratasys J750

In order to push the boundaries of innovation for every toy that is designed, the Giochi Preziosi R&D team leverages…

3 weeks ago

Renishaw, Biome and NSCC develop 3D printed ocean turbine parts

A collaboration between engineering company Renishaw, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and Canadian industrial design firm Biome Renewables has resulted…

3 weeks ago

GKN shows up to 80% weight saving on 3D printed hydraulic block subassemblies

Just a few days ago, Aidro presented its first serially manufactured AMES valves for improved flow, now GKN Additive is…

4 weeks ago

Aidro presents 3D printed HD3-AMES valves weighting 65% less than traditional ones

HD3-AMES are metal 3D printed directional control valves with a 316L stainless steel body and solenoid actuators, with a subplate…

4 weeks ago

think3D to provide expertise and 3D printed spare parts to the Indian Navy

The issue of spare parts and replacement parts is a major issue for all defense forces, In particular, Indian 3D…

1 month ago

MPA, NAMIC and SSA launch next phase of Joint Industry Programme on AM for marine parts

Maritime assets are capital intensive, and downtime is costly. Replacement of marine spare parts involves many actors in the supply…

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