The first 3D printing metal part 1 produced by Cum

2022-07-23
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It's too fashionable. Cummins produced the first 3D printing metal parts

it's too fashionable. Cummins produced the first 3 to create a new process d printing metal parts

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I'm afraid many people didn't think that in the future, printing a car to drive might be coming to us

recently, Cummins launched the first metal parts printed by its own 3D printer on its 100th birthday, making a big step towards the road of "boundless beauty and infinite exploration"

3d printing products

Cummins' first 3D printing product is a spare parts support. Because of the small demand, there is no supplier at present. Compared with the parts modeled, forged, cast and cut by traditional methods, the parts using metal 3D printing are lighter, stronger and more effective. Brett boas, director of advanced manufacturing at Cummins technology center, said: "with this technology, designers can also be liberated to do things that traditional manufacturing methods cannot do."

at present, Cummins first focuses on printing small batch parts, and is also studying how to better use 3D technology in mass production. With the popularization of 3D printer technology, it will also have a significant impact on the future manufacturing industry

3d printing prints a layer of ultra-thin 3D objects at one time. If the printed parts fail to meet the standard, the designer can simply modify the design file on the computer and then print again. Compared with the sample test process in traditional manufacturing technology, this process is faster

in addition, this technology enables designers to combine multiple parts into a printed object to create an ideal geometry to avoid potential failures of components such as weldments, gaskets and connectors in the traditional manufacturing process

the beginning of the revolution

Cummins 3D printing technology is based on Cummins industry 4 Part of 0. Industry 4.0 is the trend of automation, cloud computing and data-driven technology. Some people call it the fourth industrial revolution. At Cummins, industry 4.0 covers cooperative robots, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and enhanced integration between information technology and manufacturing operations

at present, the technical center of Cummins headquarters has one metal 3D printer, and the technical center in Mexico has three 3D printers dedicated to after-sales products

Cummins also has a large remanufacturing plant in Mexico. Compared with new parts and engines, remanufactured engines and components not only meet the power needs of customers, but also provide them with a low-cost option. Compared with new parts, they consume less energy in the production process and can realize the recycling of resources

Cummins Mexico Technology Center opened in 2017. It is equipped with 3D printers to produce parts with small demand. On the one hand, it provides customers with a way to find parts that are difficult to find in conventional channels. On the other hand, metal 3D printing technology also reduces the waiting time for customers for several months

looking into the future

at present, Cummins is developing the next generation printer technology to pursue more efficient 3D printing. This printer can achieve 20 times the printing speed of the company's existing printer or even higher

the new generation of technology will also bring earth shaking changes to the manufacturing industry. From the perspective of supply chain, this means that the parts are printed on demand or closer to the demand, so the parts inventory will be less

from an environmental point of view, 3D printing also means less waste, because cutting is no longer required in the process of making tools and molds. Moreover, 3D printing may mean less transportation resources, because parts no longer need to be produced in one place and then transported to another place

finally, perhaps the most important point, metal 3D printing can print geometric shapes that cannot be achieved by traditional methods, creating opportunities to improve the following points for reference: product performance

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