The Earth is finite. Human activities have increased emissions of carbon dioxide, rising up temperatures and causing extreme weather events. Scientists have observed the world is about one degree Celsius warmer than before widespread industrialisation. 

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Many businesses are now looking for ways to reduce energy consumption and waste, committing to sustainable manufacturing processes.

One of these sustainable technologies – 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) – facilitates more efficient designs and reduced waste compared to traditional subtractive manufacturing techniques. Read the Whitepaper below.

What are the benefits of 3D printing in industry?

One of the greatest aspects of 3D printing is its versatility. Businesses can achieve a range of different results, depending on the material and type of printer used. For example, an engineer may want to create a specific tool for their machine. By selecting a material that’s durable and heat-resistant, with high tensile strength, the engineer can print a finished product that perfectly matches their needs perfectly. Additive manufacturing enables companies to create 3D printed tools, jigs, and fixtures in rapid succession. This means machinery can be set up more quickly, variation is reduced during fitting and assembly, and production processes are more streamlined. By using tough, impact-resistant materials such as ABS or CPE, businesses like Ford can print tools fit for a busy production line, whenever they’re required.

Ford – Car emblem jig
Ford – Car emblem jig.

Enabling digital distribution and local manufacturing

Owing to the accessibility of 3D technologies – manufacturers can now produce parts directly within the company, evolving the supply chain and reducing logistics and travel issues.

3D printing can produce the exact amount of parts ordered, saving raw materials and inventory space, operating by lean manufacturing processes.

See how global market leader, Gerhard Schubert GmbH is using the Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle to deliver tools for its future-proof, high-performance packaging machines, making them even more versatile and easy to operate. Read the case study below.

Are your students prepared?

Industry is adopting additive manufacturing at an exponential rate, it is essential for students to be equipped with the skills needed in employment.

Students need to experience these ground-breaking technologies today, to futureproof UK manufacturing in a globally competitive marketplace and address the many global issues we face.

Get in touch with our education specialists today on 01257 276 116 or email us at to address digital knowledge and skills gap and prepare young people for future careers in 3D printing.

Alternatively, book a visit with our specialists to discuss collaboration and opportunities within further and higher education.
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