3D printing could be miners’ “batman belt”

A speaker at last week’s 3D printing expo in Mackay predicted that 3D printing machines could solve the problem of needing to have replacement parts sent in to mining sites.

Simon Bartlett, from Melbourne-based manufacturing and prototyping bureauRapidPro, predicted that miners were among those who could benefit from the further development of additive manufacturing technologies.

"It's like Batman's utility belt, to get through his day he needs to be able call on a number of different technologies or a number of different tools," the ABC reports him as saying.

"I think [3D printing is] definitely a new tool and people are now just trying to work out how it fits in to what they do.

"So it's something that will definitely revolutionise the way we manufacture parts."