Case Studies

  • Alstom partners with Replique to implement first AM serial production part. Enabling Alstom to digitize its supply chain

    Alstom turns to Replique for serial AM part production

    Alstom, a global leader in green and smart mobility, has partnered with Replique – using the company’s on-demand additive manufacturing platform to produce customized industrial-grade, serial production parts. By digitizing its supply chain, Alstom is now able to produce small batches, on-demand and decentrally – enabling the company to respond even…

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  • Large stretch form tool created using AM technology. In an effort between Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Thermwood Corporation, and Techmer PM.

    Large stretch form tool created using AM technology

    A collaborative effort between Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Techmer PM, and Thermwood Corporation, has produced what is believed to be the largest stretch form tool ever to be 3D printed. At 6.5 feet wide by 15 feet long, the tool project has stretched the capabilities of additive technology in several directions. It…

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  • General Motors prints 60,000 seals in five weeks using HP printers. Flexible "spoiler closeout seals" to fill the gap at the rear of the SUVs

    General Motors 3D prints 60,000 seals in five weeks using HP printers

    When General Motors was unable to produce a component needed for the delivery of the 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe, the company’s engineers turned to 3D printing, as many companies facing supply chain challenges are doing, increasingly. General Motors made a major investment in additive manufacturing technology in 2020, dedicating 15,000 square…

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  • Aidro shakes up valve and energy industries showing benefits of AM

    As a media and market research firm operating in the global additive manufacturing space, 3dpbm is now focused on understanding the actual benefits of AM adoption across the many vertical adoption segments (and helping the companies operating in these segments understand how AM can work for them). One segment where…

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  • Retrofit3D, a 3D printed valve trim upgrade solution. Owned by IMI Critical Engineering, improves operational performance

    Retrofit3D, a 3D printed valve trim upgrade solution

    Retrofit3D is a high-performance valve trim upgrade solution that utilizes state-of-the-art additive manufacturing and traditional manufacturing methods to increase the reliability and performance of plant operations. IMI Critical Engineering is the owner of the Retrofit3D business and is a world-leading provider of critical flow control solutions that enable vital energy…

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  • BMW presents successful implementation of IDAM project

    The Industrialization and Digitization of Additive Manufacturing project (IDAM project) for automotive series processes has been successfully implemented. The project consortium, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and led by the BMW Group, started three years ago with small and medium-sized companies, large companies, and research…

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  • Artemis mission gets boost from additive manufacturing

    Los Angeles-based Aerojet Rocketdyne—a manufacturer with a proud heritage in spaceflight and rocket propulsion—is a key supplier of systems for NASA’s (and ESA’s) long-awaited Artemis mission, which is expected to bring humanity back to the Moon, this time to stay. Additive manufacturing – and particularly technology from Velo3D, also in…

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  • Targeting the winter sporting goods market with 3D printed ski goggles

    Ski goggles seem like relatively simple pieces of equipment but they are made of as many as 13 different. The multiplicity of parts can lead to a higher failure potential during production, a higher risk of product failure, and ultimately higher costs. Starting from this premise, OECHSLER set out to…

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  • How Vital Auto is driving concept car development with 3D printing

    Located in the heart of the UK’s auto industry, Vital Auto is an industrial design studio with deep expertise in automotive design. The company’s illustrious clientele includes many of the major automotive manufacturers, such as Volvo, Nissan, Lotus, McLaren, Geely, TATA, and more. “Clients typically come to us to try…

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  • MX3D teams up with TEAM and TiaT on WAAM 3D printed pipeline clamp

    MX3D, a Robotic Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) company, successfully completed the printing of an industrial pipeline clamp. Clamps such as these are used in the chemical and oil & gas industries to prevent incidents and to increase the run time of an installation before maintenance is required. The WAAM…

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