Digitize the world! (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 51)

The factory of tomorrow is made of advanced manufacturing machinery, to be sure, but increasing attention is given to the digitizing scene of industrial operations, and rightly so. 3D printing is giving businesses the possibility to store countless CAD models digitally to be manufactured on-demand, without the need for bulky and costly warehouses. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland suggests that around 5% of all industrial parts could be digitized, an opportunity for all businesses to obtain a competitive advantage. One such example is that of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) which, partnered with Siemens, will keep its infrastructure running more efficiently and cost-effectively. Digitizing goes much deeper than databases: simulation and analytical technologies enable factories to get “digital twins” of their operations, enabling them to predict maintenance times and complete operational awareness.

VTT Suggests 5% Of All Spare Parts Could Be Digitally Stored For 3D Printing

VTT conducts research for both private and public sectors. Photo via VTT.

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has completed research [that suggests] digitalization could create a “competitive advantage” for businesses. The reasons given include increased availability, cost savings, customisation and “part intelligence.” Around 5% of parts can currently be manufactured digitally, according to need, notes VTT project manager Sini Metsä-Kortelainen. “3D printing technology has reached the stage where high-quality manufacturing is possible.”

Read the full article here.

Siemens To Bring 3D Printed Parts to Dubai Metro

Tracks of the metro and the Dubai skyline. Photo via travel-cam.net

To keep trains running, and passengers happy, the city’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an MOU with the Middle Eastern branch of award-winning automation conglomerate Siemens. Speaking at the time of launch Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency, explained, “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.”

Read more about it here.

IIoT Platform Creates A Digital Twin of F-35 Manufacturing Facilities

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has licensed Ubisense Smart Space for deployment at its F-35 program at Fort Worth, TX, to improve manufacturing efficiency with a digital twin. Delivering new levels of visibility and control, SmartSpace provides a foundation platform for manufacturers’ Industry 4.0 strategy. Creating a real-time digital twin of the production environment, Ubisense’s technology connects activities in the real world to manufacturing execution and planning systems, making real-world processes involving moving assets visible and measurable.

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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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Innovation Hubs, focusing on the AM of tomorrow (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 27)

It is certain that AM is now becoming a staple of every product development laboratory on the planet. Some companies are taking their position to a whole new level by putting efforts and resources in AM innovation hubs. These facilities elevate the ability to delve deeper into AM, both in the present product development and in technology research for tomorrow’s machines. Private companies, like Parker Hannifin, are investing big in new facilities which will allow their engineers to explore new applications of emerging technologies and up their industrial advantage. On a larger scale, the UAE has recently opened their first ever 3D printing facility, part of a strategy to be world leaders in AM by 2030. By focusing so much on the capabilities of AM, businesses can come up with novel products for their market: Michelin came up with a new concept tire entirely revolving on 3D printing technology.

Parker Opens New Additive Manufacturing Facility to Accelerate Innovation in Product Design and Manufacturing

Parker Additive Manufacturing Facility

Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, has opened a new state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing learning and development center […]. The facility will serve as a center of excellence where Parker engineers can explore new applications of emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing and collaborative robotics.

“Material printing technology is moving quickly towards commercial viability,” said Craig Maxwell, Vice President – Chief Technology and Innovation Officer. “The new facility and engineering talent located here represent an investment in the future of manufacturing.”

Read more here.

Launch of UAE’s first-ever 3D printing facility with Immensa Labs

SLS parts produced by Immensa Labs. Photo via Emirates 24/7.

The facility, which is based in Dubai, is part of the Dubai 3D printing strategy which was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The strategy aims to promote global implementation of 3D printing “for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by the year 2030.”

There are ample opportunities for organisations in the UAE to adopt AM to enhance their efficiencies and competitiveness, and we are focused on providing world-class and viable 3D printing solutions. – Fahmi Al-Shawwa, CEO of Immensa Technology Labs

Read more about the lab here.

Michelin unveils airless, biodegradable, 3D printed concept tire

The VISION concept tire. Photo via Jimmy Hamelin/Michelin.

At its International Mobility summit, Movin On, French tire manufacturer Michelin unveiled a new concept tire that is both airless and created with a 3D printer. Announcing the tire this week in Montreal, Canada, Michelin proposes a design for the future of sustainable mobility. The tire is rechargeable, biodegradable, complete with sensors for real-time monitoring, and claims to be completely 3D printed.

[…]VISION is possible since it is based on R&D know-how and we can already see the future applications, on which the Group is now working. It’s a promise that is within reach. – Mostapha El-Oulhani, Head of VISION Project

Read more about the concept tire here.

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