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:

Defense expert Dr. Andreas Schwer named Chairman of Titomic

Last week, Australian metal additive manufacturing company Titomic announced the retirement of its Chairman, Philip Vafiadis. The company's founder, Jeff…

3 days ago

3D printing key in Schneider Electric’s Industry 4.0 transformation

European multinational Schneider Electric is currently undergoing a transformation. The company, founded in 1836, is implementing Industry 4.0 technologies and…

4 days ago

U.S. Air Force qualifying multi-laser AM with support from Senvol ML

A U.S. Air Force program led by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Air Force Life Cycle Management Center…

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COBOD joins GE Renewable Energy & LafargeHolcim to 3D print bases for 200-m-tall wind turbines

A new partnership forged between GE Renewable Energy, COBOD International and building materials company LafargeHolcim will seek to develop optimized…

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IAI produces SkysPrinter, the first fully 3D printed drone for Israel’s Defense

The joint program by the MoD’s Flight Technologies Department, part of the Directorate for Defense Research and Development, and IAI…

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Dynamical 3D and TRF 3D print sensors for radioactive labs

Spanish 3D printing service provider Dynamical 3D recently worked in collaboration with Técnicas Radio Físicas (TRF), a medical physics consultancy…

3 weeks ago

Wilhelmsen teams up with F-drones for last-mile delivery of 3D printed spare parts

Global maritime company Wilhelmsen has demonstrated its commitment to the adoption of additive manufacturing over the past several months. Last…

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How Italy’s Marchesini Group is using 3D printing round the clock

You might be surprised to learn that Marchesini Group, an Italian manufacturer of automated packaging machinery and supplier to the…

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Seattle hospital bus drivers receive 3D printed protection for COVID-19

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AML3D delivers ARCEMY 3D printer to ST Engineering in Singapore

AML3D Limited delivered its first Arcemy 3D printing module to ST Engineering in Singapore (ST) under a ‘rent to buy’…

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