Slovenia -- Siemens has added 3D printing to their digital services, and has installed their first 3D printed part for a nuclear power plant. Nuclear plants are one of the most regulated industry properties. Being able to get the 3D part approved is quite an accomplishment.
The 3D printed replacement part was used in the Krsko Nuclear Plant for a fire protection pump. The part helps to provide pressure to the fire protection system at the plant. The original part was manufactured by a company that is no longer in business and obsolete.
Obsolete parts are a great opportunity to use 3D technology. The parts are nearly impossible to find. By 3D printing these parts, a plant that would have had no option but to replace an entire system now has the option to just replace a part that went bad.
Engineers for Siemens reverse-engineered the part to create a digital twin. Their manufacturing facility in Sweden then printed the part.
"We continue to push forward our investments and cutting-edge advancements in additive manufacturing and 3D printing," said Tim Holt, CEO of Siemens Power Generation Services. "This achievement at the Krsko nuclear power plant is another example of how the digital transformation and the data-driven capabilities we have are impacting the energy industry in ways that really matter. Additive manufacturing's reduced lead times and faster production optimizes parts replacement and creates real value for our customers."
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