Aerospace, automotive, energy, infrastructure, consumer product, and many industries are benefiting from Additive Manufacturing
Fremont, CA: The technique of constructing a three-dimensional object from a digital 3D or CAD model is known as additive manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3D printing. Additive manufacturing, as the name implies, works by layering materials to make an object. The object is developed using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software or by scanning the thing to be produced during the additive manufacturing process. The software can turn the scan into a detailed blueprint for the 3D printer to follow layer by layer.
Five industries that are benefiting from additive manufacturing:
The aerospace sector, which is always on the bleeding edge, was an early adopter of additive manufacturing. Aerospace firms must adhere to some of the most severe manufacturing industry standards, and parts and components must be manufactured of the highest-performing materials available. Engineers can use additive manufacturing to create complicated, high-strength parts while also decreasing the weight of aircraft components by printing more efficient geometries and removing large quantities of unneeded material. This results in lower fuel usage, CO2 emissions, and cost savings.
AM enables the automotive sector to create complicated, high-quality parts that can resist harsh environments and hence increase safety. Rapid prototyping also enhances car quality by allowing automakers to test features such as water resistance and high temperatures. Furthermore, 3D printing enables part consolidation, inventory reduction, and repair or maintenance with a single part.
To ensure that the product is perfect, a lot of effort is spent developing prototypes to show stakeholders concepts and finally create a consumer-pleasing product. Marketing teams may produce product iterations faster using AM and then pivot quickly to make design changes as needed. As additive manufacturing improves in terms of build volume and speed, more consumer products may be manufactured using AM technologies to meet the expectations for speedy and efficient mass production.
The energy sector can build lightweight, efficient, and ecologically friendly components that can also survive harsh circumstances via additive manufacturing. Furthermore, AM technology may be used to manufacture corrosion-resistant metal materials for bespoke parts that may be exposed to extreme settings such as underwater or in other hostile locations.
The construction market for additive manufacturing is growing, ushering in a new age for the industry. AM eliminates material waste and allows construction to be as cost-effective as practicable because printed materials may be precisely put layer by layer while creating infrastructure or constructing buildings. Since the materials are manufactured accurately, 3D printing technology allows for complicated design structures, minimizing the risk of infrastructure accidents caused by building mistakes and bad design.