The discipline starts with the premise that nature has the answers, and that as our scientific understanding advances, so too does our ability to understand more and more that nature has to reveal.
Until now, manufacturers have been dipping their toes and getting familiar with the technology, using it to create prototypes rather than final products. But that is changing. It's only a matter of time before AM makes the leap from prototyping to manufacturing.
DfMM has a massive impact on the tool build; this will therefore have a disproportionate effect on product development time, cost, and indeed the quality of final product.
In an additive manufacturing ecosystem that is both constantly evolving yet still fragmented, Lee-Bath Nelson, Co-founder and VP Business at LEO Lane, looks at why the need for companies to play well together is critical to realizing strategic objectives.
Today a growing number of robust plastic and metal 3D printing technologies exist with the accuracy and repeatability required for use in end-use part and component production, and the palette of materials is extensive.
Facts and reality have often been a grey area in the world of 3D printing. Let's not forget that this technology in various guises has been around for well over 30 years. That long and it is still described as a disruptive technology?
3D Printing, Innovation, and Supply Chain Resiliency More Important Than Ever, Say Manufacturing Decision Makers
Global HP study finds that digital manufacturing can drive economic growth, faster innovation, and more sustainable production
For the past three years, the NCAM's DRAMA research project has helped build a stronger additive supply chain for the UK's aerospace sector - an industry which has the largest number of small and medium sized enterprise (SME) companies in Europe.
Scientists develop a novel and surprisingly simple method to print 3D structures made of metal and plastic, paving the way for 3D electronics
-Findings from inaugural report signal mounting confidence in 3D printing's ability to transform business operations -Over half of survey respondents plan to invest up to $100,000 in 3D printing technologies next year
With the environmental impact of fuel clear to see, composite materials have the power to drastically reduce unnecessary fuel consumption. This is only one way composites can benefit the transportation industry.
These construction printers will enable 3D printing- yes, printing- of entire communities, facilities and offices onsite in a matter of days.
If you are concerned about costs spiraling out of control when you kick start a new CNC milling project, then it is definitely a good idea to take stock beforehand and plan ahead to achieve significant savings.
Metal additive manufacturing currently services high-value industries, most of the printers sold are powder bed fusion and can cost over $1m with expensive powder feedstocks.
Perhaps like no other, the field of microelectronics exemplifies the drive towards miniaturization, the obvious reduction in size of everyday household appliances and cell phones showing the extent to which products containing electronic components have been reduced in size.
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