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
Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) is the process of adjusting your design to make it cheaper, faster, or more effective to manufacture. Executing proper design for additive manufacturing techniques can increase yield and save time and costs when building your manufacturing process by ensuring that your 3D printers are used effectively.
Technologies & Materials
Binder Jetting is an additive manufacturing process in which an industrial printhead selectively deposits a liquid binding agent onto a thin layer of powder particles to build high-value and one-of-a-kind parts and tooling. The process is repeated layer by layer, using a map from a digital design file, until the object is complete.
also known as Selective Laser Melting (SLM) or Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), is among the most versatile and frequently used metal 3D printing technologies. It allows highest mechanical properties, high metal density, good surface finishing and tolerances’ respect.