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The Desktop 3D Printing Aftermarket: E3D or Bust

From the heady days of RepRap to today’s $200 printers, hundreds of firms have tried to develop and sell 3D printers. Hundreds more have resold 3D printers or made filament….

Drone Deliveries: Wilhelmsen Turns to F-drones to Deliver 3D Printed Spare Parts

Wilhelmsen, one of the world’s largest maritime companies, is making continual progress in the field of 3D printing for its sector. The latest news from the firm is that it…

Appliance Maker Miele Offers 3D Printable Accessories on Thingiverse

Though it has yet to reach a widespread saturation point, we are slowly witnessing the birth of 3D printable replacement parts and accessories for consumer goods. The latest evidence of…

Mathematical Model Determines Which Spare Parts Should or Should Not be 3D Printed

A major potential AM application for many industries is using the technology to fabricate spare parts on-demand in an effort to get rid of warehouses that are stocked full of…

On-Demand Surgical Retractor 3D Printed by the U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Department of Defense is using even more of its mind-boggling budget on additive manufacturing (AM) for virtual inventory and on-demand spare parts. This time, the world’s most dangerous…

Additive Industries & ArcelorMittal Using MetalFAB1 3D Printer to Make Spare Steel Parts

One of the world’s leading steel and mining companies, ArcelorMittal, is partnering with Dutch company Additive Industries to investigate the use of metal 3D printing to make large spare parts…

Siemens Mobility Extends Spare Parts 3D Printing Program to Russia’s High-Speed Rail

The railway industry is one of the more exciting fields to watch the adoption of additive manufacturing, as various companies begin deploying the technology for use in the production of…

Metal X 3D Printer Begins Operations at U.S. Military Base

Markforged can happily claim to be a pioneer on a number of fronts in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry: 3D printing reinforcement fibers, low-cost metal 3D printing, unique quality control…

Interview with Tibor van Melsem Kocsis of DiManEx on 3D Printing in the Supply Chain

DiManEx is a Dutch company that wants to bring 3D printing to the supply chain. They’re focussing on one of the most promising and challenging areas in 3D printing, how…

3D Printing News Briefs: November 5, 2019

We’ve got some formnext announcements to start off today’s 3D Printing News Briefs – atum3D is introducing its newest DLP 3D printer, while Incus GmbH plans to launch its new…

Daimler Buses Relies on DyeMansion for Color & Texture Quality in 3D Printed Spare Parts

While it took decades for the rest of the world to catch up, a handful of aerospace organizations, automotive industry leaders, and other innovators have continued to enjoy the inside…

ProtoCAM Makes 3D Printed Spare Parts for Carpet Looms from the 1930s

ProtoCAM is a Pennsylvania based 3D printing service bureau that serves the defense, manufacturing and consumer goods industries. The firm works with stereolithography, selective laser sintering (Laser Powder Bed Fusion),…

Whirlpool Partners with Spare Parts 3D to Create a Digital Inventory

The problem with appliances is that they inevitably break down at some point, in major or minor ways. If it’s a really major breakdown, the only option is sometimes to…

Dutch Railways Embraces 3D Printing with Help From DiManEx

Earlier this year, the Dutch Army signed a contract with Dutch company DiManEx to produce 3D printed spare parts. Now DiManEx is extending its services to Dutch Railways. The railway system…

Langhorne Carpet Company Teams Up With ProtoCAM to 3D Print Replacement Jacquard Cylinder

Another business has experienced the benefits of 3D printing with the reproduction of one of its oldest parts. Langhorne Carpet Company (LCC) recently used 3D printing to replace a Jacquard cylinder, a…

Immensa Technology Labs Offers 3D Printing Inventory Digitalization Solution to CCC

Immensa Technology Labs was founded in 2016 as the first privately owned company in the United Arab Emirates to specialize in 3D printing. In 2017, the company launched the first…

Dutch Army and DiManEx Announce Initiative to 3D Print Spare Parts

A new cooperation between the Material Stock Logistic Command of the Dutch Army and DiManEx will help solve a widespread problem of sourcing and reproducing legacy parts. The agreement became…

3D Printing and Logistics – A Natural Progression of Opportunity

Leading logistics providers are constantly exploring new possibilities to become more efficient, more locally focused and more connected globally in order to achieve greater success, including 3D printing technology. The…

Marines Embrace 3D Printing for Production of Replacement Parts

Whatever your opinion about the military and its operations, it would be difficult to argue that they are not interested in advances in technology. The US Navy recently worked with…

Volvo CE Adopts 3D Printing for Spare Parts and Prototyping

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is one of the largest companies in the construction equipment industry, with more than 14,000 employees worldwide. The company’s values center around sustainability and innovation,…

Daimler Trucks North America Pilots Program for 3D Printed Spare Parts

Automotive manufacturer Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is no stranger to 3D printing – its commercial vehicles segment has fully integrated the technology into its development process and series production workflow….

The R&D Tax Aspects of 3D Printed Replacement Parts for Appliances

Manufacturers are now considering the use of 3D printers to print their replacement parts. Historically, the manufacturing of replacement parts has been a necessary inconvenience for appliance manufacturers. Firms are…

Studying Feasibility: 3D Printing for Spare Parts Production

There are plenty of examples of 3D printed spare parts saving companies and industries money – the technology has been used to make spare parts for automobiles, metro trains, the US Marine…

US Coast Guard Researching Ways to Use 3D Printing to Improve Mission Readiness

The US Navy has used 3D printing technology on numerous occasions: to develop a missile component, a submarine hull, and a small clip to keep the clasps of handheld radios…