3D Printing's Rapidly Evolving Portfolio

June 20, 2022
Plastic widget prototypes aren't the only things 3D printers can produce anymore. From titanium to chocolate, the uses and printers have expanded to affect every industrial sector.

Additive manufacturing was once widely considered just a gimmicky way to create some complicated-yet-flimsy little plastic part. It had no place in an industrial setting where machinists carved into giant steel hunks to sculpt smooth, shiny works of functional art.

After all, you need giant, powerful machining tools on the factory floor, not some oversized Easy-Bake Oven. As companies need to do more with less, the subtractive way of manufacturing seems a bit wasteful.

Here's a look at how current 3D printing methods are building their case for widespread adoption in every industry.

About the Author

John Hitch | Editor, Fleet Maintenance

John Hitch, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, is the editor of Fleet Maintenance, a B2B magazine that addresses the service needs for all commercial vehicle makes and models (Classes 1-8), ranging from shop management strategies to the latest tools to enhance uptime.

He previously wrote about equipment and fleet operations and management for FleetOwner, and prior to that, manufacturing and advanced technology for IndustryWeek and New Equipment Digest. He is an award-winning journalist and former sonar technician aboard a nuclear-powered submarine where he served honorably aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723).