3D Metal Printng Could Cut Industrial Repair Times by 90%
(Power) 3D metal printing is still an experimental process in nearly all industries, used primarily for prototypes and test products. But it will soon become a standard means of rapidly producing small numbers of industrial parts. Siemens announced in December that it would begin using 3D printing to produce replacement burner components for gas turbines rather than using conventional methods. It said that for certain types of turbines, repair times can be cut by as much as 90%. Siemens has begun offering SLM for repairing the burners on its SGT-800 industrial gas turbine, instead of replacement. Repairing the burner tip with conventional methods is possible but slow. One distinct advantage of 3D printing processes is that shapes can be produced that would be impossible using any other production process.