The 3d printing service is playing wonders when it comes to innovation and productivity. People are pushing the limits of this advanced technology to a much greater extent now. We have seen the applications of additive manufacturing in various domains like automobile, medical science, construction, education and many more to count.
The 3d printing has become a point of attraction for innovators. After the wonder of world’s smallest 3d printed object which was a working drilling machine developed by Lance Abernethy from New Zealand, we are having another milestone of success in the manufacturing niche.
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab has developed the world’s largest 3d printed object which is similar to a trim-and-drill tool which Boeing uses to build the wings on the giant aircraft. Now the Boeing company will be printing the wings of aircraft which is as durable and robust like the normally manufactured wing with the help of their new “largest 3d printed object” in the world.
It’s nearly the size of an SUV
The printed object is nearly the size of a normal SUV. This machine is 17.5 feet long, 5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall and the weight is almost 750 Kilograms. The company is so confident about the new product that they have said this will consume less power than the traditional machine and produce object without compromising with the product quality.
It took around 30 hours to build:
At Oak Ridge National Lab, the researchers were working hard to make this milestone happen and create something amazing which the world has never seen before. The manufacturing process took nearly 30 hours to build this machine. Using advanced additive manufacturing technology, this object is printed out which is made up of carbon fiber and plastic material composites. Layer by layer approach was followed by the engineers to built such a complex structure in one go.
This wonder has created a new world record:
During the manufacturing process, a team from Guinness World Records was also present to award the manufacturers for creating the largest 3d printed object. The judge of Guinness World Record Michael Empric measured the 3d printed trim tool. After his all the measurements were done, he announced the new record title for the team of Oak Ridge National Lab. This was the moment of proud for the whole team. This was the result of their hard work, planning and error-free execution.
The company is going to manufacture Whole Boeing 777:
By leveraging the 3D-printing technology and rapid prototyping services, it was possible to manufacture the final product like this in a much cheaper way as compared to the other methods available, The tool is dedicated to saving energy, money and time, The company has already started the planning and prototyping process for developing the whole Boeing 777 passenger jet in St. Louis in the year 2017.
The Boeing Jet 777 is under development right now; the company is planning to launch it in the year 2020. This Boing Jet will be the largest ever 3d manufactured two-engined Boeing a giant 235 foot-long wingspan. It will be capable of carrying 425 passengers and will have slightly more power. The company is claiming that they will save up to 30% of the production cost as compared to the conventional method and processes.
Oak Ridge National Lab is much more than you think!
The Oak Ridge National Lab is already pushing all the limits, and for them, the sky is the only limit. Apart from this wonder of printing largest object in the world, they are the pioneer in printing other interesting objects also. They have printed a whole sports car using the additive manufacturing process. And this is not where they stop, they have manufactured a powerful 4×4 offroading jeep using 3d printing.
The Oak Ridge company is also in the 3d printed architectural models niche where they manufacture giant architectural prototypes for their blue-chip construction clients across the globe. The company is a dedicated research and development hub, which is not just into 3d printing, they are having their multiple research domain and multiple teams for every department. They are currently working on more than 20 domains.