The recent years witnesses various transformation in industries, all in the name of keeping up with the increasing consumers demands and becoming a high reliability organisation. With objectives for speed delivery and enhancing user experience, every company are embarking into the journey of adopting multiple top trends technologies as enabling tools for these transformation. Definitely, manufacturing technique or method is not an exception. Additive manufacturing is gradually climbing to the top as an essential technology in manufacturing. Why so? What are the advantages of additive manufacturing that makes it a hype in manufacturing technology essential today?
Differences between additive manufacturing and traditional manufacturing
Additive manufacturing is both something old and something new. It had appeared since 1980’s and some research says it had existed in the earlier years. While certain companies or industries are still hesitant in adopting additive manufacturing, the number of industries beginning to implement it is growing. Unlike the traditional manufacturing which involves creating a product by joining separate components or a method called subtractive manufacturing where unwanted material is removed to create the product, additive manufacturing is a process that involves adding layers upon layers with the use of computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D object scanners to create a product.
The Advantages of Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing is a promising method with high potential in improving various aspects in manufacturing. Primarily, complex geometric design is very difficult to achieve through traditional manufacturing. The functionalities provided by additive manufacturing remove this limitation and gives industries the ability to produce complex design with lower cost at faster speed. Additive manufacturing also produces lighter design structure which in turn helps in fuel saving and other environmental benefits to certain industries such as aerospace and automotive. Additionally, additive manufacturing produces lesser wastage of materials.
All in all, regardless the statement ‘there is no one-size-fits-all solution’, the advantages of additive manufacturing are among those that will become what every industry need to empower production in the future.
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