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:

Queen of the Netherlands officially inaugurates MX3D bridge

After just over 2 years of suspense (since the metal 3D printing phase was completed), the MX3DBridge has finally being…

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Shell turns to 3D printing for offshore spare parts production

After first adopting 3D printing for new design prototyping and tooling, energy giant Shell is now increasingly implementing AM for…

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Addressing key challenges in composite AM for maritime parts

While wood is an excellent, anisotropic material and still used in modern shipbuilding, many other materials have since made their…

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AML3D developing AM R&D facility with BAE Systems Maritime

Just a day after announcing its new headquarters in South Australia, metal AM company AML3D has revealed its plans to…

2 weeks ago

What is a nuclear microreactor and can it be 3D printed?

As fossil fuels become increasingly unsustainable energy sources and renewable energy meets with its own challenges, nuclear (fission) energy is…

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AML3D to open state-of-the-art WAM Technology Centre in South Australia

AML3D, an Australia-based specialist in large-scale metal additive manufacturing, is preparing to unveil a new facility for its patented WAM…

2 weeks ago

JGC installs first COBOD construction 3D printer in Japan

JGC Holdings, a Japanese energy giant, established the EPX DX Department for digital transformation in September 2020. In April 2021…

3 weeks ago

How Canada’s MAMCE is reshaping the marine and energy sectors

The Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence - MAMCE - consists of a dedicated research and development team within the…

3 weeks ago

CRP Technology to present Windform materials at MarineAM

CRP Technology will be attending the inaugural edition of the MarineAM conference with an online presentation with Q&A dedicated to…

3 weeks ago

GE Research tests 3D printed heat exchanger at temperatures up to 900°C

Back in 2019, we were excited to cover a story about GE Research embarking on a project to develop a…

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