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The German company, Audi has expanded its production at its Volkswagen Group R8 facility, the Böllinger Höfe, with a new 3D printing area. The department is producing custom 3D printed parts as auxiliary tools to reduce maintenance costs.

Manufacturers have to have a various set of external risks that might cause operational disruption. Locally producing spare parts with 3D printing helps them reduce or even eliminate some of the business risks that can be beyond their control.

The Oslo-based international classification society, DNV GL, has been appointed as the lead researcher of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore-initiated Joint Industry Program (JIP), which aims to expand the use of 3D Printing in the maritime sector.

Thyssenkrupp recently published a white paper, entitled “Additive manufacturing adding up growth opportunities for ASEAN”, talking about the development of additive manufacturing in the ASEAN region.

Watching its revenues plummeting over the last year, Oil & Gas industrials are looking for a rapid operational efficiency. That is why 3D printing is now entering into the game.

Producing parts and products with additive manufacturing at an industrial scale holds great potentials for manufacturers. However, there are still some challenges for them to face before enjoying the full benefits of additive manufacturing, said Robert Meshel, the director of AM initiative by Siemens.

At the Rapid + TCT trade show, the German automaker underlines the development of Additive Manufacturing in the automotive sector. This technology can help automotive manufacturers reach economies of scale if material costs are low enough.

CONTEXT, an England research firm, revealed in a market study, that shipments by units of industrial metal and polymer 3D printers continue to increase. 

By 2025, the growth of the additive manufacturing sector is expected to reach $20bn all over the world. The power industry has been under pressure and therefore started looking into the application of 3D printing to find solutions resulting in cost savings and shorter time frames.

The level of interest in 3D Printing has heavily increased over the past few years. More and more companies in the railway industry adopt 3D printing technologies in their production and maintenance work. How well does this technology support the industry?