Category Archives: SPARE PARTS

Marine Wing Support Squadron investigates power of 3D printing

The United States Marine Corps is calling for 3D printer training to help its troops respond to military crises. After introducing an FFF 3D printer to Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 (MWSS-372), Operations Officer Captain Marc Blair has outlined a vision for 21st century innovation in the marines, that will help the land squadron support unit […]

Dassault Systèmes launches 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace for on-demand manufacturing

One of the themes at this month’s SOLIDWORKS World 2018, was the growing eco-system around 3D printing. Bolstering the adoption of advanced manufacturing, Dassault Systèmes used SWW18 to launch the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace. Marketplace is part of the 3DEXEPERIENCE platform and connects 50 digital manufacturers with customers who require objects on demand. The platform encompasses all means of […]

Swinburne kick-starts $1.2 million automatic 3D printed car repair service

Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne is to spearhead the development of an automated, 3D printed repair service for cars with the Australian, not-for-profit Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) and industrial automation firm Tradiebot Industries. Funded by a sum of $1,264,695 AUD (approx. $994 thousand USD), project ‘Repair Bot’ will run through 2019. The goal, […]

3D printing champions sustainability in Optomec LENS machine repair at RIT

One of the fastest growing areas of application for additive manufacturing is in spare parts and repair. Aerospace giants, i.e. Airbus and Boeing, SIA Engineering Company and smaller units like Ohio’s Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services prove that the technology is invaluable to the aerospace sector. Other areas, including logistics and communications, marine & offshore, and automotive, are also introducing […]

FedEx launches 3D printing inventory and repair company Forward Depots

A FedEx and 3D printing venture has been expected for some time. From 3D printed drone-delivery, to on-demand bureau services, postage and shipping companies are investing in the future of additive manufacturing. In the latest news from the logistics sector, FedEx has announced that it will be launching a new, 3D printing oriented, company under […]

SLM Solutions metal 3D printing brakes the most powerful car in Bugatti history

Not to be outdone by flight-integral 3D printed parts, automotive is gradually placing additively manufactured components in more critical positions. Largely implemented in spare parts initiatives, 3D printing is in use at a number of car manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Volkswagen. In the latest use case, 3D printing is implemented for next generation development of […]

3D printing saves 17% on Navantia supertanker parts

3D printing for ships is gaining steam. In the U.S., the navy is holding a number of trials for both offshore and yard-based tooling and also investigating 3D printing spare parts. And wire-arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) has become increasingly used in the Netherlands for producing large, sea-faring and rig components. Now, Spanish ship builder Navantia has […]

Create it REAL joins Denmark’s Green Ship of the Future 3D printing pilot

3D printing is to play an important role in the next generation of shipbuilding. A portion of Denmark’s Green Ship of the Future (GSF) project will rely on the help of 3D printers to transform the supply chain and one day create emission free boats. Joining a host of the maritime industry’s keys players on […]

Volkswagen officials speak to the future of 3D printing in automotive

Project leads at Volkswagen high end/luxury car brands Audi and Porsche are conducting research into the benefits of 3D printing for future car production. In addition to the effective application of FDM for prototyping and reducing tooling costs, researchers at Audi’s Competence Center in Ingolstadt, Germany, and Porsche are adding metal to Volkswagen’s additive manufacturing portfolio, […]

GKN Driveline increases 3D printing for production after 70% cut in lead times

GKN Driveline services over 90% of the world’s car manufacturers, including work for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group and luxury car brands Maserati and Ferrari. After replacing traditional metal and plastic tools with custom made, 3D printed equivalents the GKN Driveline Florence plant has reported a reduction of almost 70% in lead times for car production. […]