In addition to highly customized production to meet individual needs, 3D printing technology can also be used to make very complex products.That means 3D printing could have a major impact on heavy industries such as cars and manufacturing.
The breakthrough of 3D printing technology in automobile field
In the automotive sector, a foreign startup has already made quite good progress in using 3D printing technology to make cars.The company has designed the Strati, the world’s first 3d-printed electric car.75% of cars, from chassis to body, are 3d-printed, using carbon-fibre reinforced ABS plastic.It only takes two months from the initial design to the final production of the prototype, showing how 3D printing can be used to reduce time-to-market.
BMW, a leading carmaker, has so far integrated 10,000 3d-printed parts into the Rolls-Royce phantom series, claiming that the new technology will reduce manufacturing time and make cars more economical to produce.
Application of 3D printing technology in aerospace field
The ability to create complex products in remote environments is highly sought after by resource companies, space agencies and the military.The first working application already exists, and many more are under development and field testing.
In 2014, the U.S. navy installed a 3D printer on the uss Essex to train sailors to print spare parts and weapons parts, reducing delivery times and enabling them to use key components in remote areas.The U.S. navy’s another experiment project is applied in oceangoing ships “on demand” 3 d printing of unmanned aerial vehicle (uav) concept: a ship leave port, the ship is loaded with a small amount of electrical components and the most common components in the design of unmanned aerial vehicle (uav), and then, according to the needs of any specific, such as monitoring or intelligence, the sailors will be able to print and assemble the unmanned aerial vehicle (uav).
Less developed, remote areas often lack manufacturing capacity and are disconnected from global supply chains.Field Ready is working with World Vision to set up an innovation laboratory in Nepal to produce 3d-printed supplies for relief agencies in relief camps (which, in turn, will reduce the need to deliver kits to disaster areas).The company estimates the technology could save aid agencies 40 to 50 percent in logistics costs.