3 Industries That Use Additive Manufacturing

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Since the advent of additive manufacturing, 3D printed components have graduated from the realm of R&D and into mass production. Concepts previously unachievable in manufacturing are now being developed and produced thanks to these essential technologies.

From business owners to Fortune 500 corporations and major original equipment manufacturers, everyone has jumped on the 3D printing bandwagon because it allows them to achieve their exacting standards for quality and functionality. New uses have emerged, expanding the realm of possibility, as businesses have begun to design for additive manufacturing to integrate it with more conventional forms of production.

On that note, let's look at some major industries that have leveraged additive manufacturing for their purposes.

1.    Aerospace Industry

Aerospace companies, pioneers in staying ahead of the curve, were among the first to embrace additive manufacturing. Manufacturers in the aerospace industry are held to some of the highest quality standards in the business, and their products must use only the most advanced and reliable components.

By printing more optimized shapes and minimizing considerable quantities of unneeded material, additive manufacturing allows engineers to design complicated, high-strength products while decreasing aeronautical components' weight. As a result, gas mileage, carbon dioxide output, and monetary expenditures are reduced as well.

2.    Automotive Industry

The automobile business, like the aerospace sector, is constantly searching for innovative methods to improve its designs. Like aerospace, automotive products must withstand high speeds and extreme circumstances. They can create more reliable products by using additive manufacturing to create complex, high-quality components that can survive these conditions.

In addition to enhancing car quality, rapid prototyping helps car makers test for things such as water and heat resistance. The use of a single component for both repair and maintenance is made possible by 3D printing's capability for part consolidation, which in turn reduces the need for inventory. To achieve the goals of minimizing weight and increasing aerodynamic efficiency, lattice structures can be manufactured using AM techniques.

3.    Consumer Goods

Design is typically where they invest the most time for marketing groups working to bring a product from idea to execution. Developing prototypes takes a lot of effort, but it helps prove ideas to stakeholders and ensures the final product will be something customers will love. Incorporating additive manufacturing allows marketing teams to swiftly generate product iterations and make course corrections to the concept as needed.

As a result, more consumer goods can be made with additive manufacturing technologies in the future as the technology improves in terms of build volume and speed, satisfying the need for rapid, efficient mass production.