Jun 16, 2015 | By Simon

As more industries start looking towards the potential of metal-based additive manufacturing to produce low cost and custom-designed parts, so too have the number of uses for the high strength part manufacturing process.  

While we’ve previously seen how metal-based 3D printing has been used heavily in the transportation industry to create everything from helicopter and airplane parts to even race car components that are used in professional racing events, the possible applications don’t end there - especially considering that the process of creating metal parts on-demand is only going to get cheaper over the coming years.  

With the goal of better understanding the uses for metal-based 3D printing - and in conjunction with the inaugural National Maker Faire and the White House Week of Making this week and past weekend in Washington, D.C., a group of experts from Carnegie Mellon University have projected what they believe are the top ten applications for metal-based 3D printing.  

“At Carnegie Mellon, we have many faculty working to improve 3-D printing of metals, from powder properties and manufacturing outcomes to cost and public policy issues,” said Jack Beuth, a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the school’s  Next Manufacturing Center. “Much of this learning is being applied to jet engine parts but the technology is already beginning to trickle down to a wide variety of custom metal components and replacement parts.”

Beuth, who recently taught the course ‘Additive Manufacturing for Engineers’, has been actively researching how metal-based additive manufacturing process can be made faster and cheaper.    

According to Zachary Francis, a second-year Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering Department who is also an assistant to Beuth, “the course teaches students about a technology which is becoming increasingly more important in industry … It gives students experience in the new and evolving field of 3D printing and allows them to create new designs with the needs and desires of customers in mind.”

Ranked from one to ten, here are the school’s top ten uses for metal-based additive manufacturing as presented this past weekend:

You can find out more about Beuth and the Next Manufacturing Center by heading over to the Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering website.  



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