3d printing has become the ideal technology for producing top quality and cost effective machine parts. Additive manufacturing has the potential to revolutionize the world of mining industry. There are many reasons to believe so. First and the most important reason is the optimized supply chain. It is a well-known fact that mining companies operate in remote and hostile environments and require a wide range of spare parts and that too at a high frequency. This is where 3d printing can come in handy by streamlining these supply chains. 3D printing is especially important in mining sector as many parts in mining are one off production runs. The 3-dimension topography maps are made using 3D printing technology with precise height elevation of a particular region. 3D printed maps can be a tool for mining operations. High strength parts can be used as a replacement parts for the advance mining machines specially during breakdown.
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3D Scanning is a very efficient way of taking measurements with the help of a 3d scanner without having to spend hours of manual work. In other words, it is very cost effective. 3D Scanner captures data in the form of 3D point cloud made up of millions of point clouds. Details of the work environments can be accurately captured using 3d scanning process. Machine parts can be scanned and easily replicated by using a 3s scanner. 3D laser scanning in mining sector can scan any structure with the field of view and provide the output in point cloud and STL format. The application of 3D scanning in mining sector is quite vast; scanning of shaft, sheet metal work, conveyors can be done with high accuracy. The scanning is used for survey for different structures to carry high level of accuracy in mining sector. The complete data sheet can be used to create 3D mesh model for development and also helps to distinguish the rest of the data from the scan.
CAD Drafting can be used for designing the machine components and parts for mining industry. Custom parts can be designed through the use of advanced CAD software’s. Modifications can be made in the existing designs as well.
Reverse Engineering can be used for creating OEM part and spare parts. This technique can save thousands of dollars and plenty of time. Excellent quality material can be chosen as per the client’s requirements. The current mining parts wear out quickly, so reverse engineering helps in improving the material longevity. Custom modification of mining parts can be done using reverse engineering technique. The cost of replacement parts is 50% less then the original OEM parts without compromising the quality.