3 Industries that can be benefit from large-volume 3D printing

Companies benefits by being able to 3D print large parts. There are three industries that can truly benefit and speed up their production, reduce assembly, accelerate delivery, reduce material waste and create parts unachievable when it comes to traditional manufacturing.

Manufacturing

Within the manufacturing industry, 3D technology is growing faster the most technologies, due to how it can influence the process of manufacturing, but also allow businesses perform at a higher level. Traditional manufacturing makes it easier to alter and make changes to the product in the production line, where 3D printing makes this much easier and is for this reason the most feasible option for manufacturing production lines.

Compared to traditional way of manufacturing, improvements to the machinery, adjustments to the print speed, or even making alterations to the product itself cand be done instantaneously. Which makes this, often referred to as a printing production line, the adjustment and adapting manufacturers need to make to their business model and production line. The traditional way of manufacturing which took weeks or in some cases months, to make changes before they could continue with their production.

 

 

This method of not only manufacturing products, but also the ability to produce parts, is the way business continue to adapt their business model and how the manufacturing industry is slowly changing the way business is done. Not only does this change the way they produce products, but also allows them to develop tools and parts that may quicken the process in other areas of their manufacturing process.

Being able to print your own tools and parts that may require you to halt your production process, may be a cost-effective method and quicken the process in which you can continue production of your products. For this reason, 3D printing can certainly benefit the manufacturing industry.

Construction

3D Printing is still not often applied in the construction industry, but the technology does offer promising potential for this sector.

One of the main trends for 3D printing within the construction industry has been 3D printed precast formworks. Frameworks in the construction industry refers to a temporary mould where concrete is poured into and formed. These formworks are used to create basically anything from bridges to foundations and the walls of buildings.

Wooden formworks are typically used and produced manually. These wooden formworks aren’t particularly durable and will often start to break down. Additionally doing this manually limits the scope and the different shapes and geometries compared to what is humanly possible.

In this instance, large-volume 3D printing can immensely simply the creation process of the formwork, while creating the opportunity for more complexed and more durable large mould structures.

Foundry

Large-volume 3D printing is slowly becoming a focal point in the foundry industry. Foundry industry involves the production of metal casting by melting and pouring metal into specially shaped moulds and cores.

The technology can help avoid the costly and time-consuming aspect of creating patterns, cores and moulds when it comes to the metal casting process.

Looking at conventional metal casting as an example. The process of drawing to producing precise moulds and patterns leading to the finished cast part, can take months. Additionally, foundries will have to store moulds in inventories, which in the case of larger and rarely used moulds, can be expensive. Lastly, another challenge foundries often face is the shortage of skilled pattern and mould-makers.

 

A possible solution could be 3D printing for the challenges faced above. The key advantage of 3D technology lies in the simplified mould construction process. 3D printing requires only a design file, which means the manual mould making process and assembly of complex cores could be eliminated.

This way of production allows a foundry to create moulds and patterns within a few days, compared to weeks and months the traditional streamline production will take. Additionally, 3D printing can be used to produce moulds on-demand, helping a company to minimise it’s physical inventory, which allows them to cut costs when it comes to warehousing.

These are just three industries that could truly benefit by applying 3D printing to their business model. Giving companies the opportunity to strengthen their company but also cost-efficient and quicken the process.

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