Published By: Autodesk
Published Date: May 22, 2017
The future of making things is here, and it is complex. Engineering leaders are under constant and growing pressure to find more innovative solutions for increasingly demanding customers in the context of an extremely competitive global market.
Additive manufacturing has transformed the traditional manufacturing process, influencing various industries with the rising popularity of 3D printing. This revolutionary technology is producing a broader range of materials, faster and more efficiently than ever before — greatly impacting the product development process and adding value to businesses. This article dives deeper into the evolving role of 3D printing and how it can improve part-design flexibility, reduce lead times and create smarter, customized product designs.
The Role of Additive Manufacturing in Production of the Future
Additive manufacturing (AM) is the process of adding layers of material — most commonly plastics or resins, and increasingly metals — to produce products according to precise
digital plans. With AM, products are produced using
only the material necessary, therefore minimizing scrap.
Modern digital technology is transforming every industry, including manufacturing. Yet in The Rise of Smart Operations, a survey of machinery manufacturers conducted by UPS and IDC, roughly one-half of the respondents said their digital or “smart” operations were lagging the competition or were at a significant disadvantage. Manufacturers will also find practical solutions they can consider implementing today to incorporate smarter operations in their production processes of the future.
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Direct digital manufacturing, otherwise known as rapid manufacturing, is a process that employs additive fabrication technology (aka rapid prototyping) to produce end-use items. Directly from CAD data, components are manufactured without molding, casting or machining. The impact of direct digital manufacturing is far-reaching, and the opportunities and advantages are extensive. This is why direct digital manufacturing is heralded as the next industrial revolution.