AM is moving transportation beyond traditional supply chains (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 37)

Transportation is victim to many of the issues plaguing many other industries: manufacturing lines are linear and dull and spare parts are manufactured in bulks. 3D printing is not only giving it tools to make many of these steps more efficient, it is also allowing startups to disruption the industry. Which do you think will be more impactful? Startups pursuing new business models or established companies using AM to fine tune theirs?

Siemens To Bring 3D Printed Parts To Dubai Metro

To keep trains running, and passengers happy, [Dubai’s] Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an MOU with the Middle Eastern branch of award-winning automation conglomerate Siemens. The agreement will enhance the RTA’s existing 3D printed spare parts initiative, contributing to the endeavor to become “the world’s smartest city” by the year 2020.

“The 3D printing technology would enable RTA to keep the Dubai metro assets in service longer while driving down the cost of parts and in turn passing this saving back to the customer.” – Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency.

Read the full article here.

Daimler Starts 3D Printing Metal Replacement Parts for Older Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Daimler 3D-printed truck parts

Daimler has been 3D printing plastic spare parts for older commercial trucks for about a year, and now it’s moving on to metal parts. The company recently 3D printed its first metal replacement part, a thermostat cover for older Mercedes trucks and Unimog utility vehicles. Daimler believes 3D printing could be a cost-effective way to keep spare parts available indefinitely.

Read all about it at Digital Trends.

How an Autonomous Vehicle Maker Slashed the Supply Chain with 3D Printing

Visualising Olli on MakerBot print/image via MakerBot

A new case study shows how Local Motors, an autonomous and open source vehicle manufacturer, is using 3D printing to save time and money. This case study produced by MakerBot clearly illustrates some of the primary advantages of using 3D printing in a production setting. Firstly, tooling costs at Local Motors are down by a half as 3D printing is used to create to custom tooling for low volume production. Secondly, obtaining the necessary tools quickly can greatly reduce the production time. Thirdly, the tools that are 3D printed and used are optimised for their particular project improving both workflow and the durability of the tools.

Read the full article here.

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AM, bringing In-Situ manufacturing to a facility near you! (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 24)

In the comfort of our daily lives, we often take for granted some of the services and perks of our industrious world. We are getting really good at managing the complex scenarios of a global economy where any kind of goods must be shipped and handled efficiently but, still, it’s driving a decisive cost factor in every business. Logistics is inherently complicated but, with AM decentralizing manufacturing capabilities, this is about to change, drastically. In-situ manufacturing is a game-changer in a wide variety of cases. Bespoke replacement parts, like Daimler is doing with its buses, can be produced as needed, driving down storage and production expenses. The Australian DOD is developing a program to deploy 3D printing on the front lines, vastly improving the base’s flexibility in addressing its needs. It goes as far as the ISS, where astronauts will 3D print habitat’s radiation shields through it’s on-board AM device, saving millions on resupply launches.

Daimler Buses implements 3D printing to produce bespoke Mercedes-Benz parts

Daimler Buses, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Setra, has explained how it is implementing 3D printing to create components for its customers on-demand. Providing the example of a banknote stowage compartment, Daimler has showcased how it is utilizing the technology to create bespoke parts. According to Daimler, the company has so far 3D printed 780 components with over 150 replacement parts currently undergoing validation.

Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, explains how 3D printing is advancing production of spare parts at the company,

The 3D printing process allows us to install local printers at the production plants operated by Daimler Buses worldwide. It also enables us to respond in a flexible manner at local level to customers’ special wishes and replacement part needs.

Read the full article at 3D Printing Industry.

Australian Department of Defence develops 3D printing programme for fixing frontline aircraft

A jet in the Australian Airforce. Photo via @DeptDefence on Twitter

The Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) of the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has developed a 3D printing programme for fixing and strengthening aircraft parts. The technology is used in response to craft on the frontline of defence therefore, according to national security intelligence site Jane’s 360“boosting the operational ability of military aerospace platforms.” 

Defence researcher, Kevin Walker, explains,

Repairing existing parts (as opposed to manufacturing new parts) is often a more cost effective and efficient way of keeping military aircraft in the air. In conjunction with RMIT and industry partners, we have developed laser-based additive manufacturing repairs that can remediate faults such as corrosion, wear and fatigue cracking.

Read the full article here.

ISS Bigelow Expandable Activity Module gets 3D printed radiation shields after passing space debris tests

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a modular habitat attached to the International Space Station, has passed a first round of tests concerning its resistance to space debris. 3D printed radiation shields will now be added to the module for extra protection against cosmic rays […] printed on the International Space Station’s Made In Space Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) 3D printer. Researchers on the project concluded that 3D printed radiation shields were “affordable and optimal at all scales ranging from Cubesats to interplanetary manned missions.”

Read more about the ISS project here.

 

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