17 June 2020 12:11
3D printing is an exciting technology that can introduce significant innovations for both currently operating and future nuclear plants.    While the nuclear industry has a reputation for being incredibly conservative, it’s gradually adopting 3D printing to explore its opportunities for spare parts and advanced nuclear plants parts.    This article dives into the drivers behind the adoption of 3D printing in the nuclear industry and explores the most exciting developments taking place in this field.    Take a look at the other applications covered in this series:    3D Printing for Heat Exchangers    3D Printing for Bearings     3D Printing ...
16 April 2020 8:55
[Image credit: Renishaw]    The demand for new approaches in hydraulic components design and manufacturing is on the rise. One technology enabling manufacturers to explore new opportunities in hydraulics manufacturing is 3D printing.    From Liebherr and Ford to Bosch Rexroth, companies turn to 3D printing to create more energy-efficient, lighter and less expensive hydraulic components.    Today’s Application Spotlight dives into the benefits of 3D printing for hydraulic systems and components, while exploring the most exciting examples of the technology in action.    Take a look at the other applications covered in this series:    3D Printing for Heat ...
24 March 2020 12:48
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread around the world, 3D printing companies are stepping up to the challenges presented by the pandemic.    One such challenge is the shortage of supplies, particularly in the healthcare industry. The growing number of patients infected with Coronavirus has quickly led to a shortage of medical supplies, including protective face masks and parts for intensive care devices.    In light of the disrupted supply chains, sourcing such supplies is becoming increasingly difficult. That’s why 3D printing technology, known for its ability to create parts locally and on ...
19 March 2020 11:01
Faster turnaround time, on-demand production and greater flexibility in repair services - these are just some of the benefits 3D printing offers for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) operations.    It’s no wonder, then, that the technology is used in MRO across multiple industries, including the aerospace, railway, oil and gas and automotive sectors.      In today’s article, we’ll be diving deeper into how 3D printing is benefitting MRO, while exploring examples of the technology in action.   1. 3D printing helps to bring an asset back to service faster   Maintenance teams are always under pressure to ...
06 February 2020 13:03
3D printing is enhancing prototyping, production and maintenance in turbomachinery manufacturing.   The technology offers a good alternative to casting and machining for a wide range of turbomachinery components.    In this week’s Application Spotlight, we explore the benefits of 3D printing in turbomachinery manufacturing, as well as look at some of the exciting examples of the technology in action.    Take a look at the other applications covered in this series:    3D Printing for Heat Exchangers    3D Printing for Bearings     3D Printing for Bike Manufacturing    3D Printing for Digital Dentistry & Clear Aligner Manufacturing   3D Printing for Medical Implants   3D-Printed Rockets ...
23 January 2020 10:12
Brackets, although fairly simple parts, are a popular choice for 3D printing. For one, 3D printing enables bracket optimisation, helping to improve the performance of a part as well as a structure in which a bracket is used.    In today’s Application Spotlight, we explore the key benefits of using 3D printing for brackets, as well as dive into some exciting applications in the aerospace and automotive industries.    Take a look at the other applications covered in this series:   3D Printing for Heat Exchangers   3D Printing for Bearings   3D Printing for Bike ...
16 December 2019 11:58
As 3D printing continues to mature into a technology for production applications, it has the potential to transform the way certain parts and products are made in the new era of digital manufacturing.   To highlight the recent progress of the technology, below we’re taking a look at the benefits of 3D printing for production, alongside the real-life examples of 3D-printed end-use parts.    Take a look at the other applications covered in this series:   3D Printing for Heat Exchangers   3D Printing for Bearings   3D Printing for Bike Manufacturing   3D Printing ...
25 October 2019 9:42
3D printing is one of the latest innovations in technology to impact the design and production of eyewear. It’s used to prototype new designs and, increasingly, to produce eyewear components, like frames and lenses, directly.    Research firm, SmarTech Analysis, predicts that the overall business opportunity for 3D printing in the eyewear industry will reach $3.4 billion in 2028. The most significant segment will be the final parts production, which is set to grow into a $1.9 billion opportunity.    Today we’re exploring the advantages of 3D printing, driving its adoption in eyewear manufacturing, ...
17 October 2019 9:31
Additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the key technologies capable of accelerating innovation for manufacturers. Industries adopting AM are going through a transformation, which brings along new opportunities in product design and manufacturing.    In today’s article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the recent developments in 3D printing that could set new trends across industries.      1. A 3D-printed bionic eye  The human eye is a fascinating piece of engineering, but recreating it proved challenging, due to multiple technological barriers. Now, with the convergence of 3D printing, electronics and biology, the research ...
15 October 2019 10:04
Over the last 12 months, many railway companies, including Deutsche Bahn, Bombardier and Angel Trains, have invested in 3D printing or have been ramping up their 3D printing capabilities.    16 per cent of companies in the logistics and transportation sector are now using 3D printing to manufacture spare parts, according to a recent report by EY.    What is driving this adoption?    In this week’s Application Spotlight, we’ll be looking at the drivers behind the increased adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) in the railway industry, alongside exploring the most exciting use cases.    Take a look ...