Additive manufacturing is estimated to hit $46 million by 2019, Auto Information, ET Auto

By Rahul Mishra

The emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Business has led to the emergence of 4 distinct capabilities. First, the potential to gather knowledge from virtually something by means of sensors and IoT gadgets. Second, the potential to transform this knowledge into significant info by means of applied sciences like Synthetic Intelligence.


The convergence of product innovation and supply chain transformation has the potential to disrupt the operating models of automotive companies.
The convergence of product innovation and provide chain transformation has the potential to disrupt the working fashions of automotive firms.

the potential that enhances human-digital interface by means of applied sciences like wearables and digital actuality.

And eventually, Business has additionally introduced the potential of seamless digital-physical transformation by means of robotics and additive manufacturing (AM) applied sciences like 3D printing. AM applied sciences are reshaping international worth chains and maintain the promise of recent manufacturing capabilities.

For instance, additive manufacturing of low quantity, excessive complexity aerospace part utilized in jet engines, lowered single unit value by 27 per cent in comparison with conventional manufacturing attributable to lowered materials, shorter lead occasions, and elimination of fabrication.

Present revenues from services in 3D Printing are estimated to be at USD three.9 and 5.three billion. The US accounts for 36 per cent of the economic 3DP models in use, with China, Japan and Germany accounting for 28 per cent of put in base.

The revenues are pushed by 5 end-markets – industrial machines, shopper merchandise/ electronics, automotive, medical and aerospace, which collectively account for about 80 per cent of the market. Throughout these industries, the end-uses embrace manufacturing of purposeful elements, jigs and fixtures, patterns for prototype tooling, steel casting and tooling parts.

In India, additive manufacturing is estimated to hit $46 Mn in services by 2019 with a CAGR of round 20 per cent over the previous 5 years. India at the moment accounts for less than about three per cent of the AM put in base throughout Asia and Oceania mixed, nonetheless, firms similar to GE, Wipro and Intech are main 3D printing adoption within the nation.

With initiatives like “Make in India”, the home manufacturing sector is being supported by the nationwide authorities, which is able to play a pivotal function within the progress of the native 3D printing business. Whereas the present market dimension could also be small, the long run has probably many eventualities and the form of business is dependent upon modern new use circumstances of adoptions.

New avenues of AM adoption are rising on a regular basis with extra industries and functions adopting AM. At the moment, automotive and electronics business lead each when it comes to general market share and progress of 3D adoption.

Throughout the automotive business, OEMs and suppliers are primarily utilizing AM for speedy prototyping throughout the R&D operate, however the technical trajectory of AM makes a powerful case for near-future utility in product innovation and high-volume direct manufacturing. The convergence of product innovation and provide chain transformation has the potential to disrupt the working fashions of automotive firms.

The primary influence is to enhance as-is processes by accelerating the design section of recent product improvement, enhancing high quality by a number of rounds of testing of prototypes effectively in time and customizing fabrication of tooling to boost productiveness.

The second influence is on product innovation by lowering driving weight, by means of use of extra complicated designs and lighter supplies, lowering meeting and manufacturing value by means of half simplification (lowering variety of elements per part) and enabling speedy customization of merchandise and elements with lowered lead time and value of customization.

The third influence is to discover discount of after-market half stock by means of distributed manufacturing (particularly for circumstances the place demand sample shouldn’t be uniform) and enhancing market responsiveness and lowering lead time for personalization of equipment or high-performance elements.

Lastly, general disruptions in enterprise mannequin are anticipated as AM has the potential to spice up the worth creation share of OEMs and discover choices for on-site fabrication to speed up upkeep and restore for costly parts. The utilization and adoption of 3D printing is growing day-to-day.

For instance, a big German OEM has shifted to 3D printing for manufacturing badge placement fixtures and hand instruments utilized in testing and meeting. With fused deposition modeling expertise, fixtures had been produced in 1.5 days in comparison with 18 days earlier – a 92 per cent lower in manufacturing time and a 72 per cent discount within the half’s weight. The manufacturing value additionally went down by 58 per cent.

Though AM applied sciences are quickly evolving, few challenges should be overcome for AM to enrich conventional manufacturing applied sciences for automotive business. The economics of 3D printing are nonetheless restricted to low-volume manufacturing. Automotive gamers should prioritize high-speed AM as an space of analysis. Low-cost AM expertise that may assist bigger construct sizes for steel elements must be one other space of focus.

With elevated penetration of AM, there can be a larger want for formal coaching and functionality constructing throughout the organizations. There may be additionally a rising concern that AM merchandise can’t be copyrighted however should be patented primarily based on apparent differentiation. An business large collaboration is required to develop readability on what qualifies for patent safety to curb proliferation of counterfeit parts.

General, AM and 3D Printing have the potential to disrupt automotive worth chain, all the best way from R&D to manufacturing and after gross sales. AM applied sciences, on their very own or together of different Business applied sciences can not simply marginal enhance present methods of working, but additionally permit organizations to leapfrog by altering enterprise fashions, growing worth creation and shifting revenue swimming pools. Trying on the international developments and massive potential, additive could be the true disruptive power in new age manufacturing.

(This creator is a Principal with A.T. Kearney, India. He intently tracks international mega- developments within the automotive business and disruptions brought on attributable to digital applied sciences. He has additionally led the research with business our bodies SIAM, ACMA and their members to develop the Digital Transformation Roadmap for India’s Automotive Business.)

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