Top Trends Transforming Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is reshaping industrial production through enhanced performance and simplified production.

Fremont, CA: Additive manufacturing (AM), also called 3D printing, can transform industrial production. AM creates objects by adding materials. AM uses 3D scanners to instruct the hardware to precisely deposit a layer of materials on top of each other in geometric shapes. Additive manufacturing produces a perfect combination of enhanced performance, complex geometries, and simplified production.

Trends that are reshaping additive manufacturing:

Additive software innovation

Software is an essential part of the AM process. As 3D printing became common as a production method, the gap between hardware capability and software enablement became apparent. The industry is working towards meeting all necessities to fill this gap—software links all the steps in AM. Software companies are now focusing on meeting all needs of additive technologies.

Machine connectivity

An expected AM trend is integrating and connecting necessary solutions with the production floor. AM systems cannot be easily integrated with third-party solutions; therefore, they are highly reliable. But this also comes as a setback for collaboration and connectivity. Hardware manufacturing systems demand integration with the factory floor. Companies that want to amplify their AM operations will need to connect their machinery within the production environment.

Integration of AI and AM

AI is becoming an essential part of additive manufacturing solutions. AI can provide material growth, machine setup, equipment designs, and automation of workflow. Integration between AI and AM technology will enable better process control. In the future, AI and machine learning can be used to analyze the collected data, find the loopholes and suggest what improvements are required for the AM process.

Distributive manufacturing

Organizations are looking to adopt new supply chain models to reduce production costs and increase flexibility in production. Adoption of these supply chain models will allow distributed manufacturing through additive manufacturing. AM reduces the steps involved in making complex shapes which can facilitate distributive manufacturing.

Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

AM requires software that can support the growth and expansion of AM in the organization. MES software can make the AM process easy and controllable by automating various production, management, scheduling, and monitoring processes.

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