Buy any part, a UK-based online parts supplier, has announced a 3D printed part replacement service for obsolete farm equipment.
The online database currently contains 500,000 spare parts. Parts can be searched by name or part number. Parts not available in the database can be ordered through BuyAnyPart’s 3D printing service on demand.
BuyAnyPart CEO David Smith said that “this technology [3D printing] opens up a whole range of possibilities for farmers, who until now had to rely on cannibalization of other machines or CNC manufacturing of parts to run their old machines. But as machines age and less are in service, spare parts become harder and harder to find.
Farmers may find themselves spending more time looking for a part than repairing the machine, if the part is available. We aim to change that by providing them with 3D printing service.
The price quoted by BuyAnyPart includes VAT and UK delivery.
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Replacement cost of agricultural equipment
In UK, Costs of agricultural machinery in Germany, France and Canada for the cultivation of wheat account for 20-30% of the total agricultural budget.
Harry Henderson, Knowledge Exchange Manager for Agriculture and Horticultural Development Council (AHDB), noted, “The biggest cost component of growing a ton of wheat is machinery, accounting for 25-30% of total expenses. “
A university study carried out in Poland, Cost of repairing tractors and agricultural machinery on family farms (2015), showed that the annual costs of spare parts for tractors, sprayers and trailers ranged from PLN 2,000 to PLN 8,000 or from $ 530 to $ 2,100. These costs relate to the size of the farm and the value of the machine.
Thanks to the ingenuity of the farmers to renovate the machines, the average lifespan of the equipment is 20-40 years old. However, during this free time parts often become obsolete and therefore difficult to replace. The Polish study showed that machine parts can be 19-61% more expensive than their original price.
Henderson from AHDB also explained that in the absence of a long-term machine replacement policy, keeping old machines running remains a cost-effective alternative to early replacement.
But things could change now, as BuyAnyPart’s on-demand 3D printing service could make spare parts more accessible and affordable for farmers.
3D printing spare parts
Due to the labor and saving advantages of 3D printed spare parts, an increasing number of industries are using AM.
German railway company and global operator of rolling stock, Deutsche Bahn uses 3D printing to extend the life of older fleet assets. After a successful trial, the company expands its business of 3D printed parts and also leads the “Mobility becomes additive” network. Deutsche Bahn plans to 3D print 15,000 spare parts by the end of 2018.
In a recent interview with 3D Printing Industry, Paul Guillaumot, Founder and CEO of 3D spare parts, a service bureau, explained that 3D printing technology will be a game-changer for spare parts inventory management in the next five years.
Spare Parts 3D also works with a quality assurance company DNV GL from Norway. The aim of this collaboration is to develop qualification and certification standards for the O&G and the maritime industry.
Still in the maritime domain, Ivaldi Group, provide on-demand services with additive manufacturing and metal fabrication technologies for the marine and offshore industries. The Californian HQ company, recently in partnership with Wilhelmsen, the largest maritime network in the world. The partnership focuses on the supply of obsolete spare parts and non-critical components to customers in the marine industry.
Due to its efficiency, it is hoped that on-demand 3D printing of spare parts will become the norm in the manufacturing industry.
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