3D printing in the automotive industry is now essential. Additive manufacturing applications become more numerous, driving the development and adaptation of processes and technology to meet the specific needs. As well, to address the constraints of this rapidly evolving sector. Industrial 3D printers have opened new paths at each stage of production of motor vehicles.
Additive Manufacturing enables the rapid production of complex geometries and forms, that were previously almost impossible. As such, it opens up a new world in design and manufacturing.
The aerospace industry includes a range of commercial, industrial and military applications. It is comprised of departments that design, manufacture, operate and maintain the aircraft or spacecraft. The airline industry is a driving force in the evolution of this technology for both manufacturing end-use parts and prototyping. Airlines depend on 3D printing to alleviate supply chain constraints, limit warehouse space and reduce wasted materials from traditional manufacturing processes. Rapidly producing aircraft parts on demand saves enormous amounts of space, time and money.
Using 3D printing in your architectural process allows you to quickly create a tangible model. The impact of a physical object is stronger than a visualisation on a computer screen. You can start physically creating directly after modelling your ideas. The 3D printer helps you by saving time on creating a model or shape study by hand.
3D printing takes the efficiencies of digital design to the production stage. By combining oral scanning, CAD/CAM design and 3D printing. 3D printing can save time and money for dentists, orthodontists and dental labs specialized in the production of dental implants and appliances (crowns, bridges, night guards etc).
Moulds don’t need to be made out of metal, they can also be 3D printed. This means you can great better, more complex injection moulded parts at a lower cost and in a fraction of the time.
3D Printing provides a faster, more streamlined system, allowing medical product manufacturers to develop clinical trial-ready devices in-house. This allows them to check everything from form, fit and function to manufacturability. In the past, some medical devices were difficult to produce due to the small size and intricacy of parts. With 3D printing, you can easily create these difficult parts from 3D CAD models.
Some may feel as though 3D printing is simply a way for students to experiment and express their creativity. This technology can be much more practical than that. In fact, learning materials produced for subjects like maths and science could inspire the next generation of engineers, architects, designers, or any other creative yet empirical occupation.
3D technologies are enhancing, not only the ability to create something new, but also to reverse engineer those products that already exist.