In a world that is moving from standardization to customization, the technology of Additive Manufacturing helps provide exact models as required by the customer, regardless of the intricacies and its complexity.
Automobile and Aerospace industries were one of the first to recognize the potential of 3D printing, especially for complicated parts that needed to meet their “weight to strength” requirements, that were not easily supported by the traditional manufacturing techniques.
Three major aspects where 3D printing can play a major role :
● Product Development
The conceptualization, design and prototyping of an element are the most suited applications for Additive manufacturing in the Product Development stage. It allows the engineer to understand the basic appearance of the component,explore the look,feel and size without its function,alter and redesign to fit well into the system
The physical components used to enable manufacturing of end-use products or prototypes can be 3D printed easily. Implementation of this technology allows:Elimination of high initial cost,reduces lead time,elimination of inventory,print on demand
● Production parts
The lead time required for procuring an ‘end-use’ part can be reduced by 90-95% and cost up to 60-80% with the implementation of 3D printing and the right material.The repair of used production parts can also benefit with the technology by -Reducing dependency on conventional methods,allowing print on demand,eliminating high initial cost