Additive manufacturing is attracting well-deserved interest and attention under the name 3D printing. But while remarkable stories grab news headlines and fuel the popular imagination, a less-visible shift is taking place behind the scenes that is reshaping how nearly everything is made. It’s helping companies worldwide push the limits of innovation while reducing costs, streamlining operations and accelerating time to market.
Discover new possibilities
If your final parts will be 3D printed, you can set aside the usual design-for-manufacturing constraints. Built layer-by-layer from the bottom up, 3D printed parts can be more geometrically complex, lighter-weight, easier to assemble, and just as durable as traditionally manufactured parts.
Deliver just in time
Excess inventory saps your bottom line. 3D printing tools and parts directly from digital files can reduce waste and lower warehousing costs. Plus, by eliminating the usual lead times, you can respond agilely to demand spikes, design changes or damaged tools.
Reduce tooling costs and risks
Machined tools are time consuming and costly. In just days or hours, you can 3D print patterns, molds or tool masters directly from CAD data and prove out your designs using the same process and materials you’ll use for your end product.
“Moving from traditional methods involving CNC machining to producing composite tooling with FDM has helped us substantially improve our competitive position.”
— Bruce Anning, owner, ACS
“I can program an FDM part in 10 minutes while a typical CNC program takes four hours to write.”
— Jacob Allenbaugh, Manufacturing Engineer, Piper Aircraft
Digital Mechanics AB
"Direct digital manufacturing has become a key revenue stream and competitive differentiator for our business."
— Fredrik Finnberg, Digital Mechanics AB
"With some traditional fixture projects costing over $100,000, the savings can be substantial."
— Bill Fish, Oreck
“FDM is taking on increasing importance as an alternative manufacturing method for components made in small numbers.”
— Gьnter Schmid, BMW