Where is 3D Printing Australia Heading to Nowadays?

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We are just curious and want to know if the hype for 3D printing Australia is a long-gone era? 

 

The so-called hype in previous years for this important sector in the country was due to the proliferation of widespread consumer adoption. In those days and even up to now, we can say that it is a misleading representation of technology and the things that it can add value to.  

Today’s 3D printing technology landed specific roles in the manufacturing space. The inflated expectations of years that have gone have paved the way for increased productivity to become possible. Several important aspects of this technology is now a good part of the mainstream and are slowly adopted by both the hobbyists and professional 

And yes, 3D printing Australia is still a continuously evolving technology. Each year, there we will see a new batch of 3D printers, with each one creating a significant impact on the industry. 

For instance, HP introduced the first-ever 3-dimensional printing system in the later part of 2016, and a year after earned its reputation as among the most popular and most sought after 3D printing machines of that time.  

Here are some of the practical applications of 3D printing: 

 

Healthcare

3D printingNowadays in the US, it has come to a point that the majority of hearing aids being sold in that country are manufactured almost exclusively using 3-dimensional printing. Those business entities that refused to adopt the technology were left out because of the increasingly stiff market competition which eventually led them to go out of business.  

The prosthetics and healthcare industry immensely benefited from adopting 3D printing. It took away the need to manually create hearing aids and other similar products that required the use of custom shapes during production. 

With the help of 3D printing, manufacturers can quickly come up with a finished product out of a digital file which can be done by 3D scanning first, say, for instance, the patient’s body. Obviously to see that this measure will help an awful lot in lowering production times and will also pull down the costs.  

Automotive

The automotive industry is just one of the many industries that have taken good advantage of the fast turnaround time and ease of customization by which 3D printing has been known for.  

For example, the automotive giant Volkswagen usually preferred the use of CNC machines in creating fixtures and jigs. One drawback of the use of CNC machining is that it normally entails longer and pricey production times and costs. 

The same fixtures and jigs can be 3D printed in the nick of time, and thus can be test run on the next assembly line the following day. Operators with their given feedback can be integrated instantly, and the new resulting jig can be test run the following day until such time that the created tool is finally perfected. 

Aerospace

The space engineers working in the aerospace sector are among those in the scientific line of work that perfectly understands what the 3D printing Australia industry can deliver in terms of the production and manufacture of their required high-performance parts. 

The ability of this groundbreaking technology in making topology optimized structures with higher strength-to-weight ratio together with the prospect of possible consolidation of multiple components into a unified part is particularly enticing.  

Like for instance, Optisys LLC is a known provider/supplier of micro-antenna items used in defense and aerospace applications. By taking advantage of metal 3-dimensional printing, they can pull down the number of their discrete antenna arrays, starting from 100 and going down to 1.

With respect to this simplification, they were able to pull down their lead time which normally runs from 11 to 2 months. This measure made it possible for them to reach 95% weight reduction.  

There are a lot more sectors in modern society today that are enjoying the groundbreaking benefits of 3-dimensional printing. And at the current rate of things going for this technology, there is still more to come that we have not tapped into.