This week, discover how MCE Metrology, a company specializing in coordinate measuring machines, uses 3D printing. Thanks to the machines offered by BCN3D, the company was able to increase its production and save significant sums. Then we meet you in China, where for the first time, a retractable bridge has been 3D printed. Finally, ExOne presents its brand new metal 3D printing center located in Germany, with the aim of allowing customers to try out the technology. Good Sunday, good viewing!
TOP 1: MCE metrology increases production capacities with 3D printing: MCE Metrology specializes in three-dimensional measuring machines. Established in France and Switzerland, the company uses 3D printing to increase its production while reducing time to market. To do this, the company has acquired a 3D printer from the manufacturer of the BCN3D Epsilon W27 and the Smart Cabinet. What would take 4 weeks with traditional machines only takes a week to achieve with 3D printing. Thanks to additive manufacturing, MCE Metrology will save more than â¬ 10,000 and considerably increase its production capacities:
TOP 2: The first retractable bridge printed in 3D: In the industrial center of the Baoshan district of Shanghai, the first 3D printed retractable bridge was unveiled. At 9 meters long, the bridge is divided into nine segments and incorporates thirty-six 3D printed triangular panels, each with its own design details. Each of the deck panels was 3D printed with a recyclable composite material, in order to minimize the ecological impact of the project. According to the bridge makers, who did not disclose the technology used in the construction, it only took three days to erect the structure:
TOP 3: ExOne’s new metal 3D printing center: ExOne has set up several technology adoption centers to allow customers to test the 3D binder jet printing process. The centers are located in the United States, Japan and now in Germany. The new center is located in the town of Gersthofen and offers European manufacturers comprehensive binder jet printing discovery services:
TOP 4: Tomorrow’s Build addresses the challenges of 3D printed houses: Construction is one of the many industries where additive manufacturing is gaining ground and offers promising opportunities for many companies. However, this video from Tomorrow’s Build identifies some of the challenges 3D printing faces in the construction industry:
TOP 5: ENGIE Laborelec manages nuclear obsolescence with 3D printing: Nuclear power plants are regularly confronted with obsolescence; whether it is due to the cessation of activity of a nuclear parts manufacturer, the cessation of production of a specific nuclear part, or a parts manufacturer introducing a new replacement which must then go through its own nuclear certification. ENGIE Laborelec applies 3D printing to provide consistency of nuclear parts on demand :
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