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:

Thermwood and Purdue lay groundwork for 3D printed compression mold tooling

Machine manufacturer Thermwood has achieved a milestone in the development of 3D printed composite molds for compression molding. The company,…

6 days ago

moi composites and Autodesk to bring 6.5m 3D printed boat to Formnext

moi composites, an Italian startup specializing in Continuous Fiber Manufacturing (CFM), will be bringing quite the sample part to Formnext…

7 days ago

90% of VDMA members are using or planning to adopt AM

Within Germany—and even Europe—the VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) is an influential organization. With over 3,000 members, it is actually…

1 week ago

Italdron revolutionizes drone production using Carbon Nylon and WASP 3D printing

Among the newest generations of products, drones are arguably those that best embody the concept of innovation. Not only for…

2 weeks ago

GE: faster computing needed for 3D printing to truly benefit from AI

At the recent AI Accelerator Summit in Boston, Additive Leader at GE Global Research Brent Brunell addressed the growing need for…

3 weeks ago

King Agro saves over 99% by switching to 3D printing for jigs and fixtures

King Agro, a John Deere company specializing in the development and production of spraying equipment for the agricultural industry, has…

3 weeks ago

3D printing enables Camper to explore new shoe design possibilities

Spanish footwear brand Camper, recognized for its stylish yet casual and comfy shoes for men and women, has found its…

3 weeks ago

nScrypt releases nRugged 3D printer/bioprinter built for harsh environments

This summer, bioprinting company nScrypt revealed an interesting partnership with the U.S. Military aimed at deploying a ruggedized version of…

1 month ago

Remet and 3D Lab open €2.8M laboratory for metal 3D printing and atomization

Remet, a leading European manufacturer of steel structures used in the oil and gas industry, has opened a modern laboratory…

1 month ago

Fraunhofer IFAM 3D prints fully functional, scaled gas turbine model

A team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) has produced a scaled gas turbine demonstrator…

1 month ago