Over the last two decades, the world has changed in so many significant ways, algorithms have become a part of everyday life and digital technologies have accelerated. The manufacturing sector has not been left behind, its big innovation is Additive Manufacturing or 3D printing. In this article, we dive into what this technology is, how it is used in the manufacturing sectors and who it benefits most. If you run a business interested in high production low-cost products, then read on.
What Exactly IS Additive Manufacturing?
Additive Manufacturing is the industry term for 3D printing. This is the process of creating a three-dimensional product or object from a CAD model – CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design. These CAD designs can be very detailed and specific accurate models can be made for products that are then printed.
The computer containing the CAD model is normally connected to a machine that can build a real-world product. The product can be made from plastic, liquid, grains, concrete, and more. There are few limits to what additive manufacturing can create.
What are the Benefits?
There are too many benefits to 3D printing to list them all, a few top ones include faster production, more production, cheaper costs, and better quality.
3D printing has accelerated the production processes and left infection molding and subtractive production in the dust. If conventional manufacturing is a horse and cart, 3D printing is a sports car.
Due to its speed 3D printing can also produce far more products at a far cheaper cost giving you more choice over how many items to produce. It has proven to be very cost-effective.
On the subject of cost-effectiveness, conventional manufacturing is much more labor-intensive. You need a staff of people operating the machines and handling production. With 3D printing you only need one person.
Who can use AM?
Additive manufacturing has revolutionized the production industry and chauffeured in a new phase of high production, low-cost manufacturing for many industries. There are some limitations; 3D printing still can’t mass produce items unless you have several printers, but that is the exception rather than the rule.
Industries that regularly use this technology, like Optimised 3D, include; construction, marketing, engineering, and health. Any industry that requires machines, tools, products, or parts can take advantage of additive technology to provide low-cost, reliable solutions. It is also excellent for businesses with low capital and low production requirements.
Additive manufacturing is revolutionizing the production and manufacturing industries. It is a process of creating machines and products by modeling them on a computer that is connected to a machine. The machine can print the model on command in its target materia; plastic, liquid, or concrete.
Anyone can use 3D printing and it provides a low-cost solution to many businesses and industries. It is especially helpful to businesses that don’t have a lot of capital and or want to save on production costs.