In this fast-paced world, with a multitude of commercial, industrial and military applications, it is important for the Aerospace Industry to meet the demands of the market by cost-effective transportation.
Parts ranging from cabin interiors to complex engine components are now manufactured using Metal 3D Printing. By providing lightweight structures with improved functional performance, Additive Manufacturing contributes to the technical improvement of the Aerospace Industry by reducing material costs, fuel savings and reduced Co2 emissions.
The support offered by the tooling industry to all other industrial sectors is of prime importance for the productivity of the overall market.
Although die and molds are required in low volumes, production by subtractive manufacturing is a comparatively long process. Incorporation of Additive Manufacturing reduces the lead time by manufacturing parts in a matter of days.
Another aspect where tooling industry is hugely benefitted from Additive Manufacturing, is the usage of conformal cooling in the cavity and core. Unlike straight cooling channels achieved by drilling, 3D printing produces optimized cooling channels that closely conform to the surface of the mold cavity. This enables for faster heat transfer between the injected material and cooling fluid, resulting in rapid uniform cooling of the injected part, thereby reducing the cycle time and producing better quality parts.
One of the world's most important economic sectors, the Automotive Industry , faces the need to grow and change smartly through technological advancement and highly innovative solutions. Additive Manufacturing, with its freedom of design, helps to produce lighter and ergonomic components for jigs, fixtures and final assembly parts. Part consolidation is another area where a number of interlocking components can be reduced to single monolithic design with improved functional performance.
Additive Manufacturing can produce parts that OEMs may not be producing anymore, and can produce as and when the demand arises, thereby reducing the inventory costs. Financial pressure from higher raw material prices can be eliminated as there is theoretically no material wastage in 3D printing, compared to the scrap resulting from machining. The process is economical as multiple design iterations can be carried out to validate parts in the beginning stage, before going for actual production.
Additive manufacturing unveils huge potential for the Art & Design industry due to the freedom of design and customization it can offer. Comprising from complex jewelry to customized accessories, Metal 3D printing has everything in store for this industry.
The Space industry is one of the major domains which benefits from Metal 3D printng. Since launching of satellites is a one time affair, it is of prime importance to reduce the satellite's weight inorder to minimize the fuel cost and for better efficiency. The purpose is served with the use of topologically optimized Metal 3D printed parts. Lately, SpaceX has been using Metal 3D printing extensively for manufacturing of it's rocket engine parts.
The value addition of Metal 3D printing to the Medical Industry lies in part customisation, as each patient’s requirement is specific to himself.
In dental, it takes merely 24 hours to build 100 crowns, bridges and removable partial dentures which are custom made for each person. The parts produced are economical as well as accurate and comply to the specific dental standards.
In orthopaedics, patient-specific implants are printed within a matter of days with the help of a 3D model created using a CT scan. The implants produced by Additive Manufacturing have unique advantages such as lattice structuring for better post-operation healing, rough surface finish for better bone-implant fusion and tailor-made fit which helps the implant adapt better to the body.
Complex and sophisticated surgical tools that are required to carry out delicate procedures in the operating room, can be manufactured using Metal 3D printing. Printing comes in handy when tools are to be customised according to specific needs of the surgeon. With regular feedback from the surgeon, design is revised to arrive at the best possible surgical tool.