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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
When people think about innovation in the design and manufacturing of cars, we are always thinking about futuristic possibilities. We begin to imagine cars that can fly, or drive themselves. But sometimes the innovation that we are seeing in auto manufacturing is not so obvious to the average customer.
Did you know that close to 50 percent of the steel that is used in modern vehicles did not even exist 15 years ago?
And now with the increasing popularity of 3D printing in auto manufacturing, we are reaching new heights when it comes to having stronger and lighter vehicles.
The year 2014 marked the first time a 3D printed car was created. Local Motors is responsible for that feat. The company 3D-printed a car using ABS carbon-filter blends, and called it Strati. There are three models of such vehicles now produced by the company, which shows how important 3D printing in auto manufacturing has become. [...]
While there are so many industries where 3D printing is making an impact, those impacts pale in comparison to how it could revolutionize the medical applications and healthcare industries.
There are a few different types of medical applications for 3D printing, and those include tissue and organ fabrication, customizable prosthetic creation, implants and anatomical models. Not all these methods are fool proof, but the progress that has been made over the past few years is very encouraging.
The future of 3D printing actually began about 30 years ago. It began with the expectations of a truly innovative production method.
Today, 3D printing technology continues to innovate.
Some of the biggest brands on earth have come together to invest in advanced research and development campaigns in order to push the envelope when it comes to complex 3D printed prototypes and even end-use components.
With the end goal in sight, to bring 3D printing fully to the forefront of mainstream manufacturing and end-use production, many are of the opinion that the true potential of industrial 3D printing relies on modern machine learning.
3D printing has evolved over the years. We have gone from imagining the possibilities to undertaking some of the biggest construction projects on the planet.
Currently, there are large-scale efforts underway to push the capabilities of 3D printing for full-fledged commercial and industrial end-use products. A steel bridge designed [...]
When most people hear about 3D printing, we think of smaller items that you can use around the house. But the concept of 3D printing is not limited to knick-knacks or products that you can use around the house. There are very real commercial and military uses for 3D printing – and the aviation industry is a great place to look for those answers. It is incredible how aero engineers are using 3D printing as a means for obtaining better product design and quicker manufacturing for military aircraft and accessories.
3D Printing and the Aviation Industry
It was in 2016 when we saw the first aircraft that was made using 3D printing. At the time, we did not realize the connection between 3D printing and military aircraft, but it was obvious. Airbus introduced us to an aircraft that was made exclusively with 3D printing. The entire structure weighed 21kg and was about four meters in [...]