Is more than well known to everybody the potential of the Additive Manufacturing technologies for this sector, basically because many of the mines are placed in remote areas with difficult access, for this reason is possible to save so much time and money.
The biggest problem that must be faced in mining is, as has been well commented, how to give a quick and efficient solution to a replacement of a spare part that breaks down and needs a replacement.
As the location is usually remote and difficult to access, ordering the spare part can suppose huge losses of money because the production may be paralyzed until the arrival of the new spare part.
Another big problem are the production costs of these pieces, as they are specific spare parts on demand the costs are usually really high.
An interesting point of improvement to evaluate is to obtain more suitable alloys to work with the abrasive fluids that are usually used in each mining plant.
SOLUTION (Proposed by meltio)
In general all the spare parts in the mining industry are exposed to an extremely high deterioration of the material like for example, mining pumps and therefore is necessary to change the piece periodically.
These pumps work for abrasive sludge dewatering, mineral processing, slurry transfer, reagent (acid and chemical) dosing, water supply and boosting, and wastewater and tailing transfer.
Our technology allows us to print in a simple, economic, and efficient way parts that have failed, instead of having to wait for the replacements.