3D printing is changing the way many industries are operating. Coined the 3rd Industrial Revolution, 3D printing has interrupted many sectors from the way we make food to even how medical procedures are performed.
Sustainable energy efficiency, constant cost pressures, special-purpose parts in short-run productions, unrelenting deadline pressures – industrial companies are confronted with many challenges. The production of small runs, however, can scarcely be cost effective with conventional, tool-based methods. Moreover, responding quickly to a changed part geometry just before the start of production involves a lot of work and costs. This can jeopardize delivery to schedule, for instance, at parts suppliers.
Additive Manufacturing provides industrial companies with completely new solutions for realizing tool-less production methods. The technology gives designers maximum freedom of design. Providing material only where it is needed for mechanical strength or functionality, this solution can also manufacture lightweight parts with highly complex geometries. While the unfused material can be recycled and reintroduced to the production process.