Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a transformative approach to industrial production that enables the creation of lighter, stronger parts and systems.
Additive manufacturing uses data computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D object scanners to direct hardware to deposit material, layer upon layer, in precise geometric shapes. As its name implies, additive manufacturing adds material to create an object. By contrast, when you create an object by traditional means, it is often necessary to remove material through milling, machining, carving, shaping or other means.
Although the terms “3D printing” and “rapid prototyping” are casually used to discuss additive manufacturing, each process is actually a subset of additive manufacturing.
While additive manufacturing seems new to many, it has actually been around for several decades. In the right applications, additive manufacturing delivers a perfect trifecta of improved performance, complex geometries and simplified fabrication. As a result, opportunities abound for those who actively embrace additive manufacturing.
Benefits of 3D Printing
• Make possible the challenges of traditional design and manufacturing methods
• Design complex components without adding cost
• Create functional designs without manufacturing limitations
• Customize and update designs constantly
• Skip investment in manufacturing tools
• Shorter time to market
• Eliminate stock-related costs and risks
Technologies & Materials
Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF)
also known as Selective Laser Melting (SLM) or Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), is among the most versatile and frequently used 3D printing technologies. It allows highest mechanical properties, high metal density, good surface finishing and tolerances’ respect.