The emergence of the 3D printing Australian industry worked for the country’s benefit and good.
Otherwise known as additive manufacturing or simply AM, it has swept the world of hobbyists by storm in the past couple of years.
Additive manufacturing systems can be best described as a fairly simple concept. It makes use of metals, polymers, paper, concrete, and even ceramics. The enumerated material can form into intricate shapes and to do so we make use of a digital file as the tool’s reference in creating specific 3D printed objects.
In contrast to subtractive processes such as CNC milling and machining, additive manufacturing takes away parts of the material from raw stock and prints the aforementioned materials into a layer by layer fashion to form the object desired to have.
Needless to say, it is a fairly exaggerated oversimplification of the process, but still able to capture its real essence or the gist around it. The Australian aviation industry is one of those few markets that manufacture and develop parts that usually make use of composite materials.
In the past decades, what groundbreaking feats have achieved through additive manufacturing and where is it heading us into in the near future?
The Inception of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing
The application of additive manufacturing started way back in the 1980s. During that time, it is safe to describe the used manufacturing processes and automation applications as somewhat archaic when compared to our current modern standards.
The basic premise then is still basically much the same as it is now. There are the presence and use of computer automated drawing (CAD) files. This is where the system will be sourcing the required product framework dimensions so that it can be fed into the 3D printing machine.
In the years following its inception, when it was first introduced to the public and industries began to show interest in incorporating it into their own production/manufacturing protocols, the limited availability of materials that can be used in the process rendered them suitable only for cosmetic applications.
Methods that make use of CAD files to help in automating construction work and processes were not uncommon. Although, it is okay to make an assumption that they are leaning toward subtractive processes, such as materials removal by virtue of lathe or milling which is significantly helpful in achieving the desired shape and form for an object.
3D printing Australia or additive manufacturing is capable of building shape gradually but the process is seamless, virtually taking
Practical Application of 3D Printing in Aviation
One remarkable characteristic of the 3D printing Australian industry is it can adapt to almost everything that our currently available filaments are capable of creating. It can handle the creation of 3-dimensional shapes regardless of required imaginable complexity.
This distinct attribute of additive manufacturing renders it the most ideal solution for rapid prototyping, notably aerospace, automobile industry, and defense.
We have enough good reasons to surmise that additive manufacturing is a workable method for prototyping purposes. We can take advantage of it for a wide scale of ground support equipment prototypes.
We can have it for building up full-scale sun drive mockups, circuit boards, and even gear reductions. Any kind of assembly, as well as subassembly mockup, can be made without any hassle to exacting specifications.