Additive Manufacturing

A look back at additive manufacturing in 2019

The year 2019 was the year of 3D printing technology or additive the. In this year 3D printing technology gained an utmost demand. The technology was once limited to only few industries. In the year 2019 many industries have started its use in their manufacturing process. 3D printer is one of the best machine a manufacturer can have. It have ability to save money for the manufacturers and they will love it. There are a lot of varities of 3D printers are available in the market as well as online. One can find a decent and best 3D printer if they have a fat wallet. Sale of 3D printing has goes unexpectedly high in the year 2019.

There are many indications which tells us that AM is beginning to make its own space within the manufacturing sphere and is moving to become a full-scale industrialization. Rather than a boosted up process that promises to revolutionize all traditional manufacturing, it is increasingly being understood as a valuable asset within existing manufacturing workflows.

AM adopter highlights

The most developments in the additive manufacturing sector are believed that it had come from its adopter industries, where you can see how the technology is being applied and what benefits it offers in real-world applications.

In 2019, we saw continued adoption across established AM adopter industries, including the automotive, medical and aerospace sectors. In the aerospace industry, SLM Solutions and British aerospace company Orbex revealed that they had successfully 3D printed the largest single-piece rocket engine, which have higher efficiency and also weigh less than its counterpart which was manufactured using old traditional manufacturing method. An AM workshop jointly hosted by EASA and the FAA further demonstrated the broad appeal of AM in aerospace and the importance of creating aerospace-AM standards.

In 2019, we also come to know some exciting advances in the transport and maritime sectors. In the transport sector, 3D printing have been showing its value in the production spare parts on demand for the rail industry. Partners Stratasys and Angel Trains marked an important milestone in the sector this year, they deployed the first ever 3D printed components on a British passenger trains. In the same year, Mobility Goes Additive (MGA) announced that they will approve their first safety-relevant 3D printed rail part.

In the maritime industry, a noteworthy development in a long-running project was achieved: Newport News delivered the first metal 3D printed part to a U.S. aircraft carrier. Next year, we’ll learn more about how the part—a 3D printed piping assembly—faired through its evaluation period. More broadly in the maritime sector, thyssenkrupp TechCenter was granted the first DNV GL certification for 3D printed maritime components, which shows the industrial viability of AM in the sector.

Other bigger sectors, like oil and gas also saw ever increasing progression, with hydraulic equipment supplier Aidro Hydraulics, which is an Italian company, entering into the zone with a strategic partnership with EOS for the adoption of AM in their oil and gas. A SmarTech Publishing report from 2019 also give an overview of an incredible promise for oil and gas, finding an AM hardware opportunity worth over $1 billion. This assure us that we can expect to see much more about the energy segment.

In automotive sector, we have noticed an incredible trend towards production. This is not for some special automobile, no, it is for both the special edition supercars and motorsports, as well as in more large-scale automotive manufacturing. For example, automaker Ford revealed how it was using Desktop Metal’s metal AM technology to produce a number of end-use parts, while luxury car brand Lamborghini adopted Carbon’s 3D printing for automotive production at scale. Other carmakers, such as Audi and Volkswagen, continue to tell us about their interest and dedication in the use of AM in their manufacturing units.

On the consumer side, it was the footwear industry which continues to be the most dominant adoption sector, followed by the eyewear market and jewelry. Some well known footwear manufacturer, such as Adidas, are showing that the technology’s huge potential can be used for redesigning and manufacturing some innovative midsoles and insoles. Interestingly, we had also saw several inroads in the cycling segment, with a handful of companies releasing saddles (3D printed by Carbon), which take advantage of topology optimization.

In the medical world, we are seeing interesting advancements happening in bioprinting—with an emphasis on achieving vascularization—and a broader adopter of 3D printing by hospitals. Hospitals are now have the ability to give the patient their implants which is perfectly fit for them and they also having AM for the production of medical models. The year 2019 has been particularly noteworthy for the trend of bioprinting in space! Companies such as CELLINK, 3D Bioprinting Solutions and 3dbio have all launched their technologies into space to test bioprinting in microgravity environments.

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