Over the years, manufacturing industries had been relying on multiple machining techniques to produce parts and components in their production activities. Innovation had changed this adoption as it requires a more efficient method in enhancing production. Subsequently, we see additive manufacturing is beginning to grow its importance in manufacturing technology. What is additive manufacturing?
The Rise of Additive Manufacturing
Beginning in the 1980’s, additive manufacturing entered the industry as a promising method in improving production. Today, while its existence and adoption is relatively new, it is predicted to grow in popularity due to rapid innovations. The adoption of additive manufacturing had expanded its horizon, from manufacturing industry to other industries such as automotive, product development, medical, aerospace, education, government and much more.
What is Additive Manufacturing?
At its core, additive manufacturing is a process of creating computer-aided design (CAD) to build three-dimensional (3D) product using preferred materials. Additive manufacturing involves the adding of fine layers to build 3D product from 3D model data, hence additive manufacturing has many synonyms. The terms such as freeform manufacturing, additive processes, additive techniques, and additive layer manufacturing (ALM) are also referred to additive manufacturing. Significantly, 3D Printing which is a part of additive manufacturing is the most common synonym used to discuss additive manufacturing.
Additive Manufacturing as the Next Industry Revolution
Additive manufacturing has keep on evolving ever since its inception. With various report showing the increase of adoption of additive manufacturing as well as affirmation from Gartner on nanoscale 3D printing being in the list of the Hype Cycle of emerging technology 2019 and entering the plateau of productivity stage, additive manufacturing is believably shaping the future of production method.
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