Firms are increasingly looking to 3D printing to manage spare parts more smartly

3D printing’s ability to produce spare parts on demand, far faster than reverse engineering or retooling traditional manufacture, makes it a useful approach for managing those.  Increasingly, engineering companies and agencies are using it, from the US Air Force to Deutsche Bahn.  Beau Jackson reports on these and others.


US Navy 3D prints first aircraft component

Aircraft, shooting stars and planets seen from the Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan McFarlane/ReleasedThe US Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) based in Jacksonville, Florida, has 3D printed a part for use inside a T-44 Pegasus airplane. FRCSE Commanding Officer Capt. Chuck Stuart comments:

“This is an awesome milestone for our facility. It shows the innovative approaches our artisans and engineers incorporate to help support the U.S. military every day.”

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