Additive Manufacturing can be more environmentally friendly by lowering the time required to make an item and the number of waste materials.

FREMONT, CA: Additive Manufacturing (AM) is not a novel concept. In recent decades, as the technology underlying AM (also known as 3D printing) has advanced and prices have decreased, many businesses have embraced the numerous advantages of Additive Manufacturing. As the need for Additive Manufacturing increases, the technology can implement in various ways, including creating Additive Manufacturing sealing strips. Each 3D-printed object is based on a digital blueprint, making each item unique without retooling simple. This capacity is a particular asset in the medical and healthcare industries, where individualized splints and supports can manufacture.

Reduced startup expenses

Manufacturing startup expenses might be substantial. The necessity to build unique tooling for every new product you desire to manufacture can restrict the range of economically viable products. Industrial AM equipment costs a few thousand pounds, but home or hobbyist solutions cost as few as a few hundred. Even better, they can describe the new design to the 3D printer when it comes to modifying the design. There is no need to discard the AM equipment you have purchased.

Simple to learn (and use)

All new technology and machinery have a learning curve. The good news is abundant, readily available instruction on how to utilize AM and 3D printers. Whether manufacturers are responsible for CAD design or the operation of AM equipment, they will have access to the relevant training.

Reduced waste of raw materials

Many conventional manufacturing processes begin with a more significant block of metal or wood, which is then reduced. Often, the bits of material that remain after milling have no economic value. These wasteful manufacturing processes waste a substantial amount of raw material. Additive Manufacturing begins with nothing and then adds what is required, reducing raw material waste.

Digital design integration

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) marked the transition from 2D drawing boards to 3D virtual design. Moreover, Additive Manufacturing allows these virtual 3D designs to be rendered in the physical world at the touch of a button. Numerous design applications now enable 3D printing, facilitating the automation of necessary design tasks, such as incorporating inside honeycomb reinforcement or exterior scaffolding. Using Additive Manufacturing, it has never been simpler, faster, or less expensive to materialize a 3D model.