That has marked a milestone for aerospace obviously and 70 Aeon 1 engines have seen its 70 successful tests in 3D printing in the field of orbital launchers.
Besides, for the "bionic partition" of Airbus 320, traditional process of manufacturing and technologies are not accessible while the emission of carbon dioxide will be expected to be reduced by 465,000 tons annually after the use of 3D printing compared to current designs. Furthermore, Boeing has set up 20 Additive Manufacturing Websites in four countries with over 50,000 3D printing components spreading in commercial and defense applications. In addition, thanks to distribution of the 855 conventional manufacturing sections of the GE Aviation Turbofan engine design into 12 3D printing modules, which has yielded 10% more horsepower and saved 20% energy, a more rapid development cycle with a much lower cost will be achieved.
The additional manufacturing process of 3D printing can make its geometry possible. Thus, the 3D printing parts can meet or even exceed the requirements on performance of the regular version, featuring significantly decreasing fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
From the market point of view, 3D printing components will finally prevail over 75% of aircraft (commercial, military and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)). As a result, some limited engine, fuselage and other 3D printing components will definitely be in great needs in the coming years and that will be the an efficiency drive for the entire aviation industry under a more competitive pressure to use 3D printing.
The world's top hospitals, through medical imaging software and services, have enjoyed a continuously improvement in 3D printing hardware and training on surgeons and new employees in this field. Currently, nearly 3% of large hospitals and medical research institutions have embraced 3D printing technology on site.
In the United States, due to its advances and improvement recently, 3D printing will witness its extension from hospital teaching and specialty centers to broader hospital systems. For example, Boston Children's Hospital has applied 3D printing with team training and preoperative planning including the participants of clinicians, industrial engineers, designers, simulation specialists, illustrators, and patient care teams.
3D printing has been used as a tool of real anatomical models and surgical training aids. More often, 3D printing is regarded as a standalone aids with personalized elements.
It is estimated that by 2021 this will be a market of one billion to two billion U.S. dollars; so far, the most prevailing part of using 3D printing is Preperative Planning. Some international researchers have also published relative data as well as reports on using 3D printed implants.
Finally, in the medical field, 3D printing will see it work more from the obscure back-end lab to the forefront as important part of the preoperative preparation and simulation program. In the long run, new technologies such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality will be collaborated with 3D printing technologies to enhance dynamic anatomical modeling and generate and then perform special functions.
3D printing may have a significant impact on the consumer products company's supply chain. Especially in categories that meet specific customization needs, reducing inventory, costs and production can be closer to the end customers. This shift to local production for local consumption will force commercial companies to reconsider their business model. For example, a company called race ware in the United States uses 3D printing to make customized bike parts, while a U.S. retail startup produces 3D printed clothing locally. Adidas and other sporting goods manufacturers are around the soles, insoles, 3D printing, and even personalized insole patterns to enhance high-end brands.
In general, 3D printing is unlikely to completely replace mass production in any consumer market. Businesses must learn where and when to make cost-effective trade-offs compared to traditional manufacturing technologies. One of the key determinants of 3D printing in consumer products is the potential large-scale product liability litigation around,each party is responsible for the failure of the product that caused the damage or damage to property. Unlike traditional mass production, the failure of 3D printing products can be a design mistake, a material used to print the object, a 3D printing device, and each part can be owned or produced by a different entity, and the court must decide who is responsible. As a result, the ruling is complicated, and 3D printing products will further blur the line between retailers and manufacturers.
The“Digital generation”will develop into "Intelligent generation” in the next 20 years
Recently, Zhou Ji, academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, made a speech at the 2017 World Conference on Intelligent Manufacturing, believing the car will become the new smart mobile terminal.
Recently, the rapid development of smart cars far exceeded people's expectations. The automobile has gone through the development course of fuel-powered cars, electric vehicles and networking vehicle and is moving at an extremely high speed in the direction of self-driving cars. Driverless cars of Google and Baidu have been on the road. With the in-depth application of a new generation of artificial intelligence technology, the future car will enter the driverless era and become an intelligent mobile terminal.
Zhou Ji said that a new generation of intelligent manufacturing technology will open up a broader world for the product and equipment innovation. In the next 20 years, various products and equipment will evolve from "digital generation" to "intelligent generation", and be upgraded to smart products and equipment.
Zhou Ji believes that, on the one hand, a large number of advanced smart products such as smart terminals, smart appliances, smart medical equipment, and smart toys will be emerged for a better life of the people. On the other hand, we will focus on promoting intelligent upgrades of major equipment in key areas such as information manufacturing equipment, aerospace equipment and so on. In particular, we must vigorously develop intelligent manufacturing equipment such as smart robots and smart machine tools to make our industry more advanced and more powerful.
Now business is growing at a lightning speed, and technology is growing faster. Veteran companies continue to face competition from startups and emerging companies in half of the world's regions. Even large companies must integrate 3D printing into their R & D, engineering and manufacturing groups and establish a business unit that moves internal 3D printing and other innovative technologies into the company's overall process. These start-up companies often have the freedom to operate independently of the company but have the ability to leverage corporate facilities such as physical facilities, finance, personnel and procurement to reduce costs. In the past few years a number of large enterprise engineering organizations such as Airbus, BASF and General Electric have already set up industrial-scale 3D printing internal startups. These companies are accelerating the integration of 3D printing into their own manufacturing processes because these parts are either too difficult or too costly to use traditional manufacturing methods.
Internal startups are not without problems. Unlike most real start-up companies, there are wage guarantees for internal start-up employees. Of course, high-risk and high-yield coexist. Interviewing may not be as rewarding as a real start-up. Maybe start-up employees have few jobs in a real startup. Companies with internal startups must find compensation formulas that attract both employers and employees.