Siemens has produced what is claimed to be first 3D printed part for a nuclear power plant.
The “industry breakthrough” follows the integration of 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, as part of its digital services portfolio.
The replacement part, produced fro the Krško nuclear power plant in Slovenia, is a metallic, 108mm-diameter impeller for a fire protection pump that is constantly rotating.
The water pump provides pressure for the fire protection system at the plant, which provides more than one quarter of Slovenia and 15% of Croatia’s power needs.
Tim Holt, CEO of Siemens Power Generation Services division said: “This achievement at the Krško 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 optimises parts replacement and creates value for our customers.”
Last month Siemens completed its first full load engine tests for the world’s first 3D-printed gas turbine blades in the UK.