What is Additive Manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing is a technological term to describe building 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material. 3D printed materials used to just mean those made with plastic. Today, though, materials can include metal, concrete, plastic, or others. Additive Manufacturing also includes using a computer model designed in CAD (Computer Aided Design) software which instructs the 3D printer on what to build.

Benefits of Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing used to be expensive and difficult to get started with. Now, with a multitude of advances, the technology is even easier to adopt than ever. Here are just some of the benefits of additive manufacturing:

  • Start-up Costs are Decreasing
  • Saves on Material Waste
  • Saves on Energy Costs
  • Saves on Prototyping Costs
  • Parts Can be Recreated and Updated Easier
  • Improves Part Reliability
  • Supports AI-Driven Design Methods
  • Easier to Create Complicated Designs, like Lattice Structures

How Can Manufacturing Companies Use It?

Additive Manufacturing isn’t new, but recent developments have seen more applications for use. Here are some ways you can use it in your own manufacturing to get started.

  • Prototyping products
  • Improving product design
  • Creating customized products or parts
  • Produce small-runs of products, for testing
  • Test new AI design method integrations in your processes
  • Test new materials for your products