31 August 2020 8:10
[Image credit: Schmalz]   3D printing is one of the central technologies advancing the capabilities of industrial robotics. It enables greater design freedom, lower cost and shorter lead time in producing custom grippers and end effectors for robotic applications.   And with customisation being a new norm in robotics and automation, 3D printing provides a solution for cost-effective custom grippers, without huge investments in moulds or CNC machining.   Below, we dive into the benefits of 3D printing for grippers and how different companies are using the technology to create advanced gripper designs and achieve faster ...
27 July 2020 8:21
When flying on a plane, you probably won’t realise that your armrest or tray table has been 3D printed, but using this technology for cabin parts can unlock a whole new world of possibilities for airlines.     These possibilities include, for example, cost-effective interior customisation and faster production and delivery of spare parts.    We explore the key drivers behind using 3D printing for aircraft interiors while showcasing how leading companies within the aerospace industry are applying the technology today.    Take a look at the other applications covered in this series:   3D Printing for Heat ...
22 July 2020 13:26
Companies across almost all industries are adopting polymer 3D printing to drive innovation in product design, development and production.    Today we take a look at 6 examples of recent innovations, made possible thanks to polymer 3D printing, to discover how the technology is changing the game for companies across the automotive, medical and consumer goods sectors.    1. Customising automotive seats    Developing innovative 3D printing applications is nothing new for the automotive industry. One recent example comes from a luxury automaker, Porsche.      Earlier this year, the company introduced a new concept for sports car seating ...
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 ...