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 [...]
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 [...]
There was a time when 3D printing was an industry that had the entire business world buzzing in excitement. Everyone knew that 3D printing had so much to offer various industries and applications, but no one was sure how that impact would translate into the real world.
Now the 3D printing market is at a point where the spending is ramping up in a big way. In 2015, roughly $11 billion was spent on the technology. That figure will rise to approximately $27 billion in 2019, and the amounts are only expected to increase from there. But what does that mean? Where does 3D printing stand right now, and what does the future hold
Consumer Adoption is a Ways Away
One of the major issues associated with 3D printing is its consumer impact. While the spending on 3D printing [...]
3D Printing and Aerospace Technology: Going the Distance
The impact of 3D printing on the aerospace industry is hard to overstate. While the average consumer may not be very interested in buying a 3D printer for their home, major manufacturers and industries are taking a different route. These companies see 3D printing as a way to reduce the cost of production, improve existing technologies, and make new advancements. There is a real belief that an improvement and evolution in 3D printing technology will have a massive impact on the future of the aerospace industry.
3D printing is now responsible for the manufacturing of complex engine parts, cabin interior parts, and much more. The aerospace industry can use 3D printing to create parts that perform better, cost less and require less time to put together, and [...]
3D technology is being used around the world in nearly every industry you can imagine.
From the aerospace industry including unmanned aerial systems, the automotive industry, to the medical field including end-use devices, construction, and much more.
The United States Military is no different.
The US armed forces are currently utilizing current 3D technology to expand existing systems, parts, and end-use materials, all while testing emerging technologies in order to push boundaries and to take 3D printing capabilities to a whole new level.
3D Printing and End-Use Production
When 3D printing technologies first came into use, the technology was universally known as additive manufacturing. The base technology is to take digital files, and turn them into physical objects.
This concept has led the technology into unforeseen spaces throughout virtually every market and industry.
3D printing has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. We have seen the onset of automotive breakthroughs, breakthroughs in home construction, automation and in aerospace. The medical engineering space is no different.
However, now we are seeing yet another giant leap forward in the 3D printing world: Medical economics.
Through various means, 3D printing is now saving money for payers, patients, and providers across the board.
It does this through several processes.
The first of these process is streamlined development.
3D Printing and Accelerated Development
One of the most intriguing aspects of 3D printing, is its ability to develop fully functioning prototypes, as well as end-use products.
While 3D printing is not known for fast production when it comes to overly complex or large production models. However, when it comes to components and [...]