2 Emerging Key Trends that will Decide the Metal Industry's Future

There is a dire need for integrating ML into 3D Printing. What change does it bring in the mining industry? 

FREMONT, CA: Addictive manufacturing is having a major influence on advancing Industry 4.0, including the requirement for more sustainable production, the transformation of factory floor through automation, and the emergence of software and data as digital manufacturing’s backbone. However, there is a need for integrating ML into 3D Printing being felt across the metals and mining industry.

The following are the major 2 trends that are emerging as hot topics for 2020.

Electrification of vehicles powered by 3D Printing

As the industry is going through its biggest transformation beyond 100 years migrating away from the internal combustion engine toward electric vehicles, an increasing number of automakers are moving towards 3D Printing and digital manufacturing in order to compete in this time of change. With the growing popularity of electric vehicles, more capabilities of both metal and plastic 3D printing systems will be unlocked by automakers for speeding up their design and development to meet ambitious goals. For example, the company, Volkswagen, has committed that it will produce electric vehicles beyond 22 million worldwide by 2028.

The combination of massive volumes of parts produced by the automotive industry annually and the fast prototyping and production abilities of 3D Printing empowers manufacturers and automakers to develop car parts there were earlier not possible to create, pushing the skills of electric and autonomous vehicles to next level.

Thriving of automated assembly on the industry floor

There will be the arrival of automated assembly, with companies impeccably incorporating multi-part assemblies comprising combinations of 3D printing metal and plastic parts. With the increase in automation, there is a vision from the industry for increased automated assembly setup for accessing part production across both plastics and metals simultaneously. This is beneficial to the auto industry as it empowers manufacturers to print metals into plastic parts, create parts that are wear-resistant and allocate electricity, add surface treatments, and even create conductors or motors into plastic parts.

Besides, industrial automation, including enhanced automation of the AM process, is also predicted to become a key trend in 2020.