03 September 2020 8:13
New trends in autonomous vehicles, electric cars and mass customisation are forcing automakers and suppliers to adapt. To stay relevant in the age of Industry 4.0, automotive companies are accelerating the adoption of 3D printing technologies.    Today, 3D printing, or Additive Manufacturing (AM), is used across many stages of car manufacturing, from prototyping and tooling fabrication to spare and end-part production, enabling automakers to stay agile and innovative.    As 3D printing gets a stronger foothold in the automotive industry, we explore four exciting trends shaping the future of the technology in the ...
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 ...
17 August 2020 11:49
With ever-changing consumer demands, supply chain instability and increasing costs, the food and beverage industry is undergoing a spate of changes.    Both small suppliers, looking to lower production costs, and major producers, targeting even higher production volumes, are in search of solutions that can help them overcome the looming challenges.    3D printing is one of the technologies food and beverage companies integrate into their product development departments and production lines to optimise processes and decrease costs.    To help you better understand the state of 3D printing in the food and beverage industry, we ...
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 ...
06 May 2020 12:50
Fortune 500 ranking lists the world's largest corporations by revenue, many of which have been pioneering the use of 3D printing in their respective industries.    For these companies, 3D printing is a valuable Industry 4.0 technology that enables faster product development, greater supply chain flexibility and the ability to produce innovative new products.    Below, we explore 9 Fortune 500 companies across different industries and their 3D printing innovations to find out what role the technology plays within their organisations today and how it will evolve in the future.     1. Aerospace: Airbus   Airbus is a ...
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 ...
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 ...
29 November 2019 11:04
3D printing is not just a new tool for developing and producing goods - embracing the technology can have a major impact on how the company operates, provides value to its customers and makes a profit.    Today’s article will explore 5 powerful 3D printing-enabled business models, alongside their benefits and real-life examples.    1. On-demand manufacturing    Striking a balance between demand and supply is challenging. That’s why suppliers use sophisticated algorithms to predict how much of their products will be needed, at a certain time and a certain place, to meet an uncertain demand.    But ...
08 June 2018 10:42
Plus, examples of the technology in action.   Did you know that 76 per cent of consumer goods companies are already using 3D printing?    Consumer goods companies are taking the plunge into 3D printing, to provide more customer-centric services and products cost-effectively.    With 3D printing increasingly being adopted by consumer brands, we dive into the benefits of the technology and explore how six consumer goods segments are using 3D printing today.    5 Benefits of 3D printing for consumer goods companies    1. Accelerated development cycles    3D printing makes it possible to produce prototypes much faster than with traditional ...