Corona crisis gives new impetus to 3D printingMüller Ahlhorn
Ahlhorn | 02/24/2021
Mechanical engineering industry in general
With sales of around €194 billion, the mechanical and plant engineering sector is the industry with the highest sales in Germany behind the automotive industry. Around 1 million people are employed in the approximately 6,400 companies. In terms of sales, Germany ranks third after China and the USA. One of the main reasons for the success of the German economy is its willingness to invest in research and development projects. In terms of sales, the following industries are the most profitable:
- Robotics and automation
- Drive Technology
- Apparatus and equipment manufacturing for process technology
- Machinery and components for automation technology
- Machinery for predominantly mobile applications
- Food processing and packaging machines
- Textile machines
3D printing at a glance
In 2017, 3D printing generated €1.81 billion in revenue worldwide. According to a forecast, sales are expected to increase further in 2021. In 2020, sales are expected to reach around €2.53 billion.
Corona crisis gives new impetus to 3D printing
The Corona pandemic has shown how vulnerable global supply chains are to global crises. This is where additive manufacturing (3D printing) shows its advantage. More and more companies are having spare parts manufactured by national 3D printing service providers, such as Dr. Dietrich Müller GmbH. In this way, dependencies on international suppliers can be minimized. The attractiveness of the 3D printing process is particularly evident for special components with low volumes.
Flexible, decentralized production on demand
Around the world, larger industrial companies are drawing consequences from the Corona crisis and are further expanding their own additive manufacturing or using external services from national providers of 3D printing processes.
Advantages of 3D printing
The technology for 3D printing systems is continuously evolving and offers a variety of advantageous features:
- High degrees of freedom in component design
- Individualized product solutions
- Low consumption and use of different materials
- Creating prototypes without the need to procure additional tooling
- High precision, speed, quality
Whether special components for the automotive sector, rapid prototyping or the production of buildings using 3D printing, additive manufacturing is finding an increasingly wide range of applications, across industries. Examples include:
- Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
- Medical & Research
- Architecture & Construction
- Consumer goods, fashion & design
- Food industry
With the novel Digital Fabricator, Dr. Dietrich Müller GmbH expands the range of services for its customers. Whether 3D printing, CNC, milling, punching or laser, all areas are covered by one system. The Digital Fabricator combines the various manufacturing processes into one system, so that the ideal solution is available for the creation of components.
Dr. Dietrich Müller GmbH is a global solution provider of electrical insulating materials, thermal conductive products, gaskets and technical films. We manufacture precision components from flexible and rigid materials.