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:

BAE Systems and Renishaw to jointly develop AM solutions for aerospace and defense

BAE Systems, a UK-based defense, security and aerospace company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with British AM company…

14 hours ago

Keppel O&M now certified to 3D print offshore-grade steel with LAAM

Keppel Offshore & Marine, a specialist in offshore rig design, has been granted certification by Lloyd’s Register (LR) to produce…

3 days ago

Knust-Godwin additive manufacturing grows with VELO3D’s metal 3D printer

Texas-based high precision machining services provider Knust-Godwin is expanding its additive manufacturing parts production services. After acquiring four Renishaw SLM…

1 week ago

AddUp and ORNL to advance metal AM applications in tooling industry

An international collaboration between France-based metal AM company AddUp Group and the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks to…

2 weeks ago

U.S. military looks to boost use of additive manufacturing

The U.S. Army has demonstrated its interest in additive manufacturing over the years, but according to service secretary Ryan McCarthy,…

4 weeks ago

RCAM Technologies and Accucode developing 3D printed concrete wind turbine parts

IT service provider Accucode is partnering up with RCAM Technologies, a specialist in large-scale concrete additive manufacturing, to develop 3D…

4 weeks ago

Röchling additive manufacturing center established in Waldachtal

The Mannheim-based Röchling Group is exploring new horizons in manufacturing. The new Röchling additive manufacturing center is part of Röchling…

1 month ago

EP-M250 3D printer and OptimScan 5M scanner dramatically shorten automotive part development cycle

SHINING 3D has been working in close contact with automotive companies and motorsports teams for years to help them adopt…

1 month ago

Shapemode cuts costs for low-batch syringe production with THERMA DM500 3D printed molds.

The present of industrial manufacturing is very much based on injection molding. The ability to gradually introduce the advantages of…

1 month ago

Siemens and Göteborg Energi testing renewable fuels with 3D printed burners

In a big effort to increase reliance on renewable energy sources in the Swedish city of Göteborg, Göteborg Energi and…

1 month ago