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Topic: Industry

Expert interview: Deutsche Bahn’s head of AM shares his post-Covid vision

Interview

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has caused a general downturn and the transportation industry has not been spared. DB, as an early adopter of additive manufacturing, has already showcased some AM success stories. We speak with DB’s head of AM, Florens Lichte, on how Deutsche Bahn got involved into the response efforts to the coronavirus crisis and how he sees the future of additive manufacturing in the post-covid era. 

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Building smarter defense operational supply chains with Additive Manufacturing

Blogpost

By 2024, the worldwide market for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace and Defense is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 17.5%, exceeding $3.3 Billion USD. This growth is predominantly concentrated in the USA and Europe, however parts of Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa are also increasing their adoption rates. The US Military has a proven preponderance of AM utilization for a variety of applications that include prototyping, R&D, MRO and production parts. Due to their strict guidelines for repeatability, security and time-sensitivity, it’s no surprise that this industry is further pushing AM into mass adoption to solve the problems of today, and tomorrow.

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Is the factory of the future full of 3d printers?

Blogpost

As discussed in the article “Is Serial Additive Manufacturing Taking Off?”, the Additive Manufacturing world has seen significant growth in the past few years. Every year faster, more accurate technologies are being presented. AM knowledge is more accessible. New materials and post-processing methods are developed and implemented. To make it possible to use all of that in the production environment, we are also working very hard to introduce qualification processes to meet the highest requirements regarding part quality, production repeatability, and many other aspects.

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5 Lessons for AM, part 3/3: 5 Guidelines for Resilient Supply Chains

Blogpost

3D printing was able to support the covid response effort for critical, stop-gap production. But after less than one month, conventional manufacturing was already producing almost all of those parts, with the exception of parts that were generally better suited for AM. That illustrates that 3D printing has a critical, but limited role in the supply chain. Those guidelines can be taken to move 3D Printing from an innovation budget into a secure procurement plan as part of a resilient supply chain.

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Siemens: 3D Printing to Drive Effective Marketing

Siemens has expanded its impressive portfolio with a mobile gas turbine - the SGT-A45. To support their promotion, 3YOURMIND developed a functional replica of the new mobile unit. It joins dozens of other models that showcase the groundbreaking turbines developed by the Power and Gas Division of Siemens AG.

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Impact of 3D to Anticipate for Printing Logistics

For several years, industrial production has been using 3D printing to drive quicker prototyping and product development. Now it is speeding the pace of innovation for the direct production of functional products.

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5 Ways AM will Lower Costs for Automotive #2

While lean manufacturing techniques have become standard practice for every car manufacturer, there are still several factors that add significant cost to the purchase price. The companies who first maximize new productions methods will secure their competitive advantage in the field.

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5 Ways AM Production Lowers Costs for Automotive #1

The automotive industry is constantly balancing the efficiency of traditional production lines and the demand of servicing customers worldwide. Heads of production and cost analysts need to determine if the benefits of mass fabrication outweigh shipping costs, storage costs and the amount of time required for production against the benefits of Additive Manufacturing. But as the technology comes of age, the scales are shifting...

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Metal 3D Printing #2: Healthcare and Architecture

In our previous post we discussed the current use cases of metal 3D printing in the aerospace, defense, and automotive industries, and the growth that metal AM technologies are bringing into these sectors. This post focuses on healthcare and architecture, the other two industries that are being fundamentally changed by the adoption of metal AM.

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Metal 3D Printing #1: Aerospace & Automotive

Much of the current news about 3D printing revolves around the rapidly expansion of applications for a singular class of materials: metal. As the advances in 3D metal technology enable new use cases, metal AM is driving the progression of advanced manufacturing into new industrial applications. These innovative developments in all manufacturing sectors  are expected to grow exponentially in the next ten years. All industries will increase profitability by improving cost-effectiveness and efficiency of their production processes.

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