3D Printing unlocks its potential
Since when did 3D printing shift from a laughable expense to a serious consideration within the manufacturing industry? Only months ago we had bloggers comparing the price for quality when making plastic mugs with the latest 3D printers, now we have the manufacturing potential of Jet Engines and advanced equipment leading to athletes breaking World Records (congratulations Bradly).
Metal printing has been going on for years, however with the introduction of 3D printing the game has suddenly changed. Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne have printed two jet engines that have gained the attention of international airspace companies such as Airbus, Raytheon and Boeing. Following a model example they were able to scan the parts and produce the same quality with 90% less waste.
Would this be a first where environmentalists can rejoice over the waste saviour, whilst businesses rub their hands together with cost savings? Along with other benefits like time-saving and lighter engine parts, there is optimism at the potential of using the tool across all industries. Could this finally be an example of the 3D printer being put to good use?
The 24 satellite system Navstar of the US Defence was opened for civil use in 1993, changing the world’s navigation as we know it. Mobile shook the ability to communicate to new levels, leading business deals to new heights. 3D printing could be the catalyst to a new era of manufacturing, or is it a mere novelty that will be short lived when reality hits it?