3D printing on focus at Electra Mining Africa

3D Printing3D printing technology is used for rapid prototyping, functional prototyping, bridge tooling and production manufacturing. (Image Source: /Fotolia)Electra Mining Africa 2016, the mining, industrial, electrical and power trade show to be held in Johannesburg from 12-16 September, will showcase innovations in 3D printing and its application in the mining industry

Use of technology is proposed to stem the decline of productivity in the mining industry and improve efficiencies. With 3D printing (3DP) at the forefront of technological development, its use in the mining industry needs to be considered.

3D printing equipment company, Rapid 3D, will discuss their real world engineering experiences using 3D Printing and look at applications in the mining industry at the show.

“Mining operators should not put off experimenting with various applications of 3D printing in their facilities. Developing knowledge and skills, and testing the impact these technologies can have on their current operational strategies, will certainly stand them in good stead in the future,” RAPID 3D managing director David Sean Bullock.

Direct metal printing (DMP) uses general additive manufacturing (AM) technology, where components are built up using microscopic layers of metal powders. The technology is used for rapid prototyping, functional prototyping, bridge tooling to decrease development time for new products and production manufacturing as a cost saving method to simplify assemblies. Direct metal 3D printed is claimed to allow for designs that are stronger, lighter, more durable and perform better than those produced using other manufacturing techniques.

With assembly and related design constraints removed, designers can focus on improving functional parts, without having to factor in all the complexities of assembly. Parts that are direct metal printed can be made in a variety of metals that are fully dense and fully usable.

DMP samples will be available for inspection at the Rapid 3D stand during the Electra Mining 2016 Expo.

Since its commencement over 42 years ago, Electra Mining Africa has developed to become one of the biggest mining and industrial events globally. Spread across more than 38,000 sq m of floor space, the exhibition showcases the latest in products, services, technologies and trends across the mining industry.

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