Engineering reports on London and Amsterdam-based CNH Industrial, which is a “subsidiary of the Agnelli family-owned Exor investment company.” Currently, CNH Industrial is using 3D printing in order to “fabricate spare parts for industrial equipment” such as buses and tractors.
“CNH is one of the world’s largest capital goods businesses, making a wide variety of equipment for a range of industries, including agriculture, construction, industry, marine, and civil society. It has 63,000 employees spanning 66 facilities around the globe and rakes in $27 billion with brands including CASE Construction Equipment, Iveco Bus, and New Holland Agricultural Machinery.”
So far, CNH Industrial has fabricated a grand total of four spare parts using 3D printing. These spare parts will be used on its buses and agricultural equipment. “These parts have been printed in plastic, but CNH plans to continue testing the possibility of 3D printing metal components for use in the near future. The ultimate goal for the business is to additively manufacture ‘a full range of parts and promptly respond to all types of needs at every stage of the product’s lifecycle.”
The company “sees the benefits of 3D printing spare parts [when it comes to quickly fabricating] small numbers of parts locally and on-demand. This, in turn, results in better stock management and availability, with parts made in just 24 to 36 hours.”
Due to the wonders of additive manufacturing, the “parts are made layer-by-layer, only the material required to build the part is used. This contrasts with subtractive manufacturing, in which material can be wasted significantly as it is removed or cut away from an initial block.”
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