A few years ago, it would have been hard to predict the impact that 3D printing would have on the manufacturing industry. However, additive manufacturing has not only completely changed industrial maintenance, but it’s set to have an even greater effect on many other aspects of the industry as well. Before long, manufacturers are likely to see their businesses undergo massive changes as they adapt to this new reality. AddUp Solutions produced some metal additive manufacturing machines which are special in metal 3D printing.
Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace
Traditionally, to create metal parts with complex geometry, manufacturers use tools like MIG welding, pressurized metal injection molding (PMIM), and hand lay-up of composites. However, there is an emerging technology that is revolutionizing how we make metal parts: additive manufacturing. Now, instead of using subtractive methods like sawing and milling to remove material from a larger block of metal (subtractive manufacturing), 3D printers can produce 3D objects by adding layers of material on top of each other (additive manufacturing). In aerospace, additive manufacturing techniques are used for both production and non-production purposes.
Additive Manufacturing in Automotive
Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, is a revolutionary technology that will change how things are made forever. The technology has advanced to such an extent that it can now create parts of almost any size and shape. In fact, additive manufacturing is expected to grow into a $3 billion industry in 2016—and that’s only what’s happening right now. While additive manufacturing had its origins in space travel and biomedical engineering, it has expanded into many other areas. This includes industrial maintenance where vehicles have been getting lighter, thinner and more complex over time—all of which benefit from 3D printed parts with precision no machine can match. Besides, AddUp offers two ranges of DED (Directed Energy Deposition) machines for ded additive manufacturing technology.
Medical Applications of 3D Printing
As 3D printing technology becomes more advanced, there are new and exciting ways to use it in medicine. For example, 3D printers can be used to create artificial ears and bionic hands for amputees who need them. Companies such as EnvisionTEC have even begun creating custom implants specifically designed for a patient’s body. When these implants are created using 3D printing, doctors can design them to fit perfectly inside their patient’s bodies and give them a much better chance of surviving than traditional implants would provide. The future of medicine is looking promising thanks to these amazing advancements in medical technology.
Metal 3D Printers Available on the Market Today
Stratasys is a company based in Minnesota that provides 3D printers and production-grade 3D printing materials, color management software, and services. There are three 3D printers they currently sell: Production Fortus 400mc FDM Desktop Production System, Production Fortus 250mc FDM Desktop Production System, and Production Mojo FDM Desktop Systems. All of these systems can use ABSplus thermoplastic filament from Stratasys.