NASA’s jump into deep-space is not only a significant step in the space race, but it also has implications for other industries. The 3D printing industry is one that will be watching the events of the coming weeks and months with special interest. The Orion capsule, which NASA is launching in 2019, will feature more than 100 3D printed parts.
Moon and Beyond
NASA’s Orion capsule is set to depart in 2019 when it will first take off for the moon. However, it is not the capsule’s final destination, with NASA hoping to push its capsule into deep space – areas where no capsule has gone before. It is a completely uncrewed mission, given the length of time and the potential risks involved. The flight is earmarked as Exploration Mission-1, or EM-1, by NASA.
The plan is to have a successful launch and exploration for EM-1, which could be a precursor to another launch [...]
The idea of affordable prosthetics was an alien concept a couple of decades ago – let alone customizable prosthetics that are tailored to each individual wearer. Open Bionics, a United Kingdom-based prosthetics company has taken the lead in producing prosthetics that are not only state of the art, but also within the budget of the average person. It is a revolution that could change the lives of children and adults with missing arms.
The “Hero Arm” is the latest 3D printed prosthetic to make the news. However, the major difference between this model and the others we have seen is its affordability. It is not a product that would cost tens of thousands of dollars. It is typical for a patient to pay through the roof for a prosthetic arm. Some are lucky enough to have good insurance coverage, while most have to put up the majority of the money out of pocket.
Software simulation is delivering impressive results in the 3D printing industry. Designers and engineers get the benefit of software simulation, as it allows them to handle any problems that come up before printing. The result is less failures, lower costs, and an understanding of the physics behind the manufacturing or printing of various products.
What is Software Simulation?
Software simulation is the visual demonstration of how a product would be printed by a 3D printer – and the resulting characteristics of that product. These simulations show the entire thermo-mechanical phenomena that take place while 3D printing occurs.
3D printing is a lot cheaper than traditional manufacturing, on average. But printing high-value components using state of the art 3D printing equipment is expensive. Having to get rid of a defective print [...]
3D printing may not have many current uses for the individual consumer, but its impact on the medical profession is hard to overstate. Medical 3D printing is already a genuine phenomenon, and the applications are only going to get more advanced in the coming years. Very soon, it will be possible for medical professionals to construct human tissue in a lab, and then implant it into a patient’s body. Moreover, that is just the beginning!
3D Printing is Altering the Medical Landscape
The most commonly known applications of medical 3D printing include items such as hearing aids, braces, prosthetics, implants and 3D printed models. It may not sound like much that a doctor can print out a hearing aid, Invisalign braces or custom-made prostheses for patients, but it is a massive step for the medical community.
Medical 3D printing has a double impact on the profession. Firstly, it reduces costs to manufacture items that were [...]
3D printing has been finding innovative, ergonomic and cost-effective ways into the global market for about three decades now. Industrially, it has proven to be extremely effective in meeting customer requirements, rapid mass manufacturing, and unmatchable production costs. Moreover, it is environment-friendly in the sense that it minimizes the machinery waste produced by reusing the raw products.
One of the ways in which this ergonomic process has made its mark is in the aerospace industry; in the building and remaking of machinery that is designed for aviation.
Contemporary Applicability of 3D-Printed Aerospace Machinery
In July 2016, Alcoa Technology, the world’s largest light metal research center, expanded its facility and adopted a 3D printing technique to develop the company. The very same year, a group of Idaho students designed and handcrafted the state’s first 3D printed satellite called MakerSat-0 which made its space debut through NASA in the year that followed.
A pocket-friendly and fast-paced process that allows you to make physical objects out of customizable designs made on a computer screen will inevitably find its use in the automobile industry; particularly the spare parts sector.
Many automobile companies, like Mercedes-Benz or Daimler Buses, already use intricate 3D-printed components for their vehicles and spare parts. Daimler has also listed on its website an entire list of 3D printed replacement parts for their buses, and users can get those parts delivered to their homes. Mercedes-Benz 3d-prints about 1 hundred thousand spare parts to send to its offshoot companies annually. Evidently, this has been a successful endeavor for the company and many others.
3D technology allows for the printing materials to be just about anything; rubber, plastic or metal. So practically any part of a vehicle can be repaired, replaced and remade. Most of it is wiring, brackets, spacers, covers, drawers, rings, caps, retaining strips, ducts or springs. [...]
The United States Air Force never stops working on strategy to make Americans safer. And a lot of the time, these strategies involve new technologies, or developing new methods of using existing tech. One of the resources that will prove very useful to the Air Force in the coming years is 3D printing. While most people think of 3D printing being used in commercial manufacturing or the healthcare industries, it also has a big impact on the military and Air Force. Everything from weapons parts to bombs to military gear could contain 3D printed components in the future.
Advanced Ordnance Technologies Program
There is a program in the United States Air Force referred to as Advanced Ordnance Technologies. The goal of the program is to ensure that future bombs are lighter, smaller and leaner – while still packing a devastating punch. Why? Because the lighter and smaller a bomb, the easier it is to deploy [...]
It may be a little insane for people to imagine, but the next time a bomb is dropped somewhere in the world by the United States military, it could consist of parts that were printed out using a 3D printer. The goal for the United States armed forces is to use every bit of innovation they can get their hands on – and 3D printing is presenting them with plenty of such opportunities. The reason why the military makes such a firm commitment towards 3D printing is because they are aware of its tremendous usefulness and upside.
The military is using 3D printing to come up with lighter and easier to manufacture versions of grenades, grenade launchers, plane parts and bomb accessories. The military is a firm believer in the fact that using 3D printing technology will allow them to improve the performance of their weapons systems in the battlefield. Another reason why 3D printing [...]
The automotive industry is one sector that has embraced 3D printing with both hands. While consumers are still not sure about whether 3D printing serves a practical purpose in their everyday lives, and some industries are still skeptical of the benefits, 3D printing is producing some fantastic results for car manufacturers and related companies. Here is our assessment of the top ten printed automotive applications that are in use right now.
Ai Design – Ai design is known for its bespoke interior items that are often seen on high-end cars. These parts include the ability to add radar detectors, SatNav units and smartphones into the car’s interior for full use and accessibility. The company has been using 3D printed parts that are cheaper, more flexible and feature even more innovative designs than before.
Automotive Lenses – The first impression from automotive parts manufacturers was that it would be difficult to achieve clear lenses due [...]
The medical industry is known for its forward-thinking approach, which is why so many new drugs, surgical methods, disease cures and other advancements are made. And one of the tools that the medical industry has been using to its advantage is 3D printing. There are countless medicinal applications and tools that 3D printing is bringing to the industry, and we are going to look at the top ten applications below.