Additive manufacturing: where it’s been, where it’s going

Posted by Monika Mahto and Geetendra Wadekar

For quite some time, we’ve been following the many ways in which 3D printing has entered our lives. More and more we see companies using AM technologies to make products stronger, smaller, faster, better, or cheaper. In terms of industry applications, at a basic level, AM is helping people build a car and a home. More notably, the technology is helping to save lives. Here we present five of the noteworthy developments in additive manufacturing so far.

Advancing AM technologies–improving existing technologies or developing new ones

In the past year, several AM technologies were developed in conventional and hybrid manufacturing that promise to improve product quality and could lead to cost savings in the coming years. Continue reading “Additive manufacturing: where it’s been, where it’s going”

Lower supply chain costs should be taking the additive manufacturing spotlight

Posted by Kelly Marchese

I’m pretty excited about developments in 3d printing that mean I may soon be able to order a bespoke running shoe. A recent Fortune article highlighted the impact 3D printing is having on the running shoe business–allowing customers to completely customize their shoe design from the foot bed on up. This is a win-win for consumers and running shoe manufacturers. Can you imagine a pair of shoes fitted to your feet’s idiosyncracies? Bliss. Sign me and my arches up.

But, behind the headlines of the running shoe story lies a supply chain cost-saving story about additive manufacturing and the opportunity to capture tremendous value within the 3D supply chain. The win for running shoe manufacturers using 3d printing is the time–hence cost–saved by printing on demand and removing the steps required when using molds, or carrying large inventories. Continue reading “Lower supply chain costs should be taking the additive manufacturing spotlight”

When product design makes the leap to digitally optimized design

Product Design
Posted by Brenna Sniderman

I’ve been reading a lot about 3D printed things lately, and thinking in wonder about how much more complex they seem to be getting. There’s the 3D printed car 1, the 3D printed bridge (created in mid-air) 2, 3D printed skin—it just seems to keep getting more and more complex, more and more sci-fi. More and more . . . well designed?

The role of additive manufacturing (AM) in product design has long been an important one. AM has traditionally been used for rapid prototyping, so much so that the two terms have often been used interchangeably, even if they don’t mean quite the same thing. And yes, companies routinely use AM for this very purpose, to positive effect.
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