Canadian Institute of Mining Highlights Lemke and 3D Printing Powders
- November 14, 2016
Greater Value than the sum of its parts
The potential of additive manufacturing in mining, by Tom DiNardo
Getting equipment to a mine site, whether it be a 400-ton haul truck or a replacement tire, can be difficult to manage given remote locations and poor road access or harsh environmental conditions. Additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing, offers mine operators the ability to create certain pieces of equipment they need onsite, which reduces costs and limits logistical headaches.
According to the definition set forward by the International Organization for Standardization, additive manufacturing is the “process of joining materials to make parts from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing and formative manufacturing methodologies.” Today the main application of additive manufacturing is for small repair parts. But Harald Lemke, general manager of engineered powders at NanoSteel, says this is only the first step. Lemke foresees a future where miners will be able to redesign and print new equipment onsite in reaction to the changing conditions of a mine throughout its life.
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