Additive design and manufacturing processes are catalysts for technical innovations or even revolutions. The spread of additive manufacturing will have significant and disruptive effects on some industries. We have put together five cases that show where the journey might go.
The "NextGenAM" joint project has so far demonstrated great potential for spare parts and series production in terms of manufacturing costs. The aim is to develop a pilot plant for an automated additive manufacturing process. 3D printing is thus well on its way to further establishing itself as an additional production method in the automotive and aviation sectors.
EOS has developed four new metal materials for its direct metal laser sintering machines: EOS Stainless Steel CX, EOS Aluminum AlF357, EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 5 and EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 23. They are intended to make a wide variety of series applications possible, ranging from automotive engineering to medical technology.
In the north of Germany, EOS, Daimler, and Premium Aerotec are developing a production line for additive manufacturing. Our affiliate portal MM Maschinenmarkt asked Thomas Bielefeld, Head of Additive Manufacturing at PAG, which challenges the three companies are facing in this project.
Audi is going to implement a successful in-house additive production. In the medium term, this process could lead not only to the construction of prototypes but also to the provision of spare parts in line with demand - at the expense of die casting?
In cooperation with EOS, the Ariane Group has succeeded in producing a thermally and mechanically highly durable injection head for the future consisting of only one single component. Compared to casting and machining the throughput time for additive production is heavily reduced.