The ACT Effect - 3D Innovation

Monday, April 10, 2017

3D printing is forecast to significantly grow over the next five years effecting all industries. It describes the production of plastic or metal parts using layer based manufacturing techniques directly from 3D CAD data to allow lasers to fuse together high performance materials layer by layer.

Manufacturing

As stated by the website on 3D Printing, “The 3D printing industry is expected to change nearly every industry it touches, completely disrupting the traditional manufacturing process. As a result, the projected value of the industry is expected to explode in the near future.”

This new technology is also likely to have a significant impact on how manufacturers do business due to material cost savings, production costs and pricing strategies. 

Automotive

3D printing will creative new innovations in the automotive industry to boost vehicle fuel efficiency whilst cutting the noise of CO2 emissions. 

The University of Nottingham are creating a functional lattice for automotive components aiming to achieve significant weight reductions in mass to optimise the thermal performance in the vehicle components. Advanced lightweight materials will reduce the amount of wastage in the automotive industry.

The automotive industry is one of the UK's leading exports representing around 6.3% of the UK's exports. Success in 3D printing will effectively achieve strength in the automotive supply chain resulting in an increase in revenue for the UK economy.




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