Vice President of Public Relations
Modern 3D printing uses for a modern world.
As 3D printing has matured, so has its wide range of uses. It’s already being used in the automotive and medical industries – but that’s just the beginning.
As a manufacturing method, 3D printing can be used to create customized parts within minutes - and many users continue to take advantage of those capabilities.
Because 3D printing builds up materials layer after layer, it can create parts and products that are difficult to produce with traditional design and manufacturing methods. For example, a prosthetic limb or dental implant can be printed in one whole piece, made to fit the wearer’s unique shape and specifications.
Parts can also be made lighter and stronger than ever before with 3D printing. Growing beyond small-part production and prototyping, the technology can now print actual production-ready parts quickly and accurately. Larger and more advanced printers also make the method appealing for manufacturers requiring sizable, demanding parts.
Here are some of the ways certain industries can change the game with 3D printing.
Because 3D printed parts are lighter and can be stronger than traditionally manufactured counterparts, 3D printing technology is being used in the aerospace industry and continues to find new applications in this space.
By reducing weight, part count, design constraints and supply-chain risk, additive manufacturing is creating new production efficiencies for the aerospace industry.
For example, Airbus chose Stratasys to produce 3D-printed polymer parts for the A350 XWB aircraft. The aircraft will use non-structural printed parts like brackets for system installation. The project is expected to help Airbus by creating a flexible supply chain, allowing the company to produce a variable quantity of parts on demand. This reduces material consumption and waste and cuts manufacturing and inventory costs.
Airbus can also create, test and analyze new designs previously difficult to develop without 3D printing. With 3D printing, waste and costs associated with manufacturing complex aircraft parts are reduced - without sacrificing strength or performance.