3D Printing in Manufacturing: How to Start


Challenge Engineering was investigating 3D Printing at the recent National Manufacturing Week conference in Sydney. See above for a video of 3D printing in action. This is the TRUMPF TruPrint 1000 as viewed at the Headland Machinery stand. The laser fuses the powder to the shape. The block then drops down and another layer of powdered steel is added, and the process repeats. See below for finished product.

Due to the slow speed and rough finishes, this technology is only really useful for very low volume manufacturing and for making prototypes. However, these machines are getting faster so it is inevitable that manufacturers will have to adopt a form of 3d printing tech.


How to do this without spending a fortune? Partner with another company already investing in this technology or with an educational institution that has machines available for commercial use.

At Challenge Engineering, in Sydney Australia, we use CNC machining technology to manufacture precision machined parts from various metals and plastics, and pride ourselves on great customer service. We can manufacture and deliver anywhere in Australia. Please contact us and find out how we can assist your business. Sign up to Challenge Engineering’s blog, send through a Request A Quote form, or email us or phone (02) 9632 0010.

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