3D Printing Spare Parts
A Game Changer for Manufacturing

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Why has the industry embraced 3D Printing of spare parts?


John Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco System, tells us that at least 40% of all businesses will fail in the next ten years unless they can figure out how to change their entire company to accommodate new technologies.

3D Printing is that new technology, and it is a game-changer in spare parts production. 3D Printing revolutionises the manufacture, storage, and shipping of spare parts and solves many problems for Asset Intensive industries with machinery and equipment that needs to be maintained. With 3D Printing technology, manufacturers and producers don't have to rely on external spare part manufacturers supplies. However, even if a manufacturer chooses to work with an external spare parts supplier, the process will be more seamless and timely. 

The goal of 3D Printing is to produce on-demand spare parts as opposed to making and storing parts. Companies reduce their costs by eliminating the need to keep spare parts.

What challenges are manufacturers facing that 3D Printing has solved?

  1. A massive challenge in the industry is material waste. Using subtractive manufacturing techniques such as milling, a large quantity of waste is produced. This process is expensive, as the Client pays for a whole block of material of which a large percentage of the material is wasted.  3D Printing, the wastage is minimal, and the Client's charge is less
  2. Inventory is a significant concern in the manufacturing industry and the time it takes to keep inventory control.  The need for this is eliminated with 3D Printing as the turnaround time is minimal.
  3. Buying and storing spare parts is expensive. This technology, there is no need to keep spare parts or have an inventory.
  4. Reduction in lead time
  5. Increased availability of spare parts
  6. Customer satisfaction as production is not held up for months when a spare part is unavailable.

What are the benefits of 3D Printing spare parts?

  1. Ability to make customised spare parts
  2. Stock control viability, 3D Printing allows you to manufacture as spare parts break, eliminating the need for spare parts stock.
  3. Ability to print low volume of parts
  4. Creative freedom. You can create a Prototype for little cost compared to traditional manufacturing methods.
  5. Even playing field. Small manufacturers have the same advantages with a 3D printer as global manufacturers, to improve and expedite processing while mitigating downtime

What companies are utilising 3D Printing?

General Electric

To produce 85,000  fuel nozzles for their Leap Jet Engines

Whirlpool

This home appliance manufacture started 3D Printing, reducing their need to stockpile spare parts for their appliances

Porsche

Some Porsche vehicles are now old, and the production of spare parts for these older cars is now non-existent, so the Porsche Classic division set up 3D Printing to produce spare parts for their rare vehicles. The first 3D Printing part was a clutch release lever for their Porsche 959.

Jaguar

Jaguar used 3D Scanning to reproduce the classic XKSS 1957 model.  The entire recreation took Jaguar 18 months to complete.

Volkswagen

This company implemented 3D Printing for their tooling process. They also recreated the iconic 1962 Microbus

Bentley

The Bentley Speed 6 on a 3D Printer created grille, side air vents, door handles and exhaust on this late model.

Ford

Recently Ford printed its 500,000th part, which was an engine cover for its Ford Mustang. Interestingly they reported that traditional methods would take four months and $500,000, but with the 3D Printing technology, the same process took four days and cost $3,000.

Aerospace

Aerospace engineers have taken to 3D printing inspection tooling to reduce costs for low-volume parts.

Boeing

Boeing has manufactured 20,000 parts for its military and commercial planes. The 787 Dreamliner has 30 printed parts, including air ducts and hinges.

Nike

The Nike Vapor Laser shoe has 3D Printed plate and cleats.

edag light cocoon

3D Printed car: is it the future?

EDAG's Light Cocoon is a concept car made by the independent automotive developer EDAG, which boasts a 3D printed branch-like load-bearing structure inspired by nature. Although design uses less material than a standard chassis, all requirements are met on structurally relevant components. The chassis body panels are fabric covered to protect them from the elements.

3D Printing spare parts - This is a game-changer for industrial manufacturing. Please send us your Specs to get a quote on printing your parts.

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