Siemens opens facility for 3D printing metal components

Published 22 February 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, manufacturing, industrial design, siemens, sweden

3D printing with metals might be the best way for Siemens to maintain and manufacture its gas turbines

Siemens has opened a production facility for metal 3D printed components in Finspång, Sweden at a cost of around 200 million Swedish Krona (€21.4 million), and is the first step in the company’s plans for the mass manufacture and repair of metal parts with additive manufacturing.

A long-term investment, the site is focussed on building up the skills and experience to lead to new ideas and developments in the field, while working predominantly with EOS Direct Metal Laser Sintering machines.

The workshop will employ 20 operators and engineers and will be used to develop new and improved components for the Siemens’ series of industrial gas turbines, for the power industry.

Gas turbines are technically challenging to produce, and it is hoped that 3D printing holds the key to significantly faster repair times, from months to weeks.

Comments:

Very innovative step taken by Siemens for gas turbine manufacturing. Using 3d printing would be a cost effective stratagy for the gas tubine giant which would also help improve quality of the product for consumer segment. This technology is increasing rapidly in manufacturing sector like fire in a forest. Whether it be jewelry or toy making or aerospace by comapnies such as atlanticprecision, or rubber industry or now gas turbine domain by Seimens, 3d printing is becoming the face of the manufacturing industry.

Posted by John Key on 25 June 2016 at 05:33 AM

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