Defining Additive Manufacturing and its Advantages

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As technology advances in every field with some advanced methods and tools, the manufacturing industries are one of the biggest industries to adopt the latest technologies to make better products. one of them is the additive manufacturing sector. 

In the recent past, there have been a lesser number of industrial revolutions for a period of time. But the pandemic situation around the world has reduced the gap between industrial revolutions. Researchers are keenly working on futuristic technologies to bring it immediately as the situation has changed a lot.

There have been so many new methodologies adapted in the manufacturing industries. Some of them after Covid and some of them happened earlier. Additive manufacturing is one of the advanced technologies that happened earlier but is accepted and implemented widely now. 

 

Additive Manufacturing

the term additive manufacturing sometimes looks like jargon to outsiders. It is indeed a well-known 3D printing technology. Rapid prototyping and Additive manufacturing are sometimes the same and sometimes close relatives. 

3D printing was a game-changer in the manufacturing industries when it was introduced. Professionals widely started using this technology for prototyping the product before the mass production. Most of the small-scale industries had a minimum functional 3D printer just for the prototypes since the prototype consumes a lot of time, money and lacks accuracy with the conventional methods. 

But the large-scale industries have advanced versions of the 3D printers so that they can make the mass production with a printer alone. Yes, this almost replaced the conventional material removal processes such as machining, milling, drilling, and much more. 

With a CAD (Computer Aided Designing) system in place, industries design their product and feed the data into the 3D printing technology. Additive manufacturing is also 3D printing but building a product layer by layer. 

 

 

Advantages of Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing methods have simplified the complicated production processes with simple and advanced tools. The benefits of the technology are countless. It satisfies almost all the departments in the manufacturing industries. Let’s look into some major advantages that are brought to the industrial revolution by additive manufacturing. 

 

Cost Reduction

Whatever the advantages technology brings, in the end, companies need only the cost benefits. With the help of additive manufacturing, industries benefited from cost in several ways

 

Prototyping Cost:

Prototyping is not that easy a process to handle. It is complicated and consumes a lot of money, energy, and time. The conventional methods of prototyping involve multiple iterations to achieve the desired product. And achieving accuracy requires some more money. When the additive manufacturing method is introduced in the name of Rapid Prototyping, industries have drastically reduced their prototyping cost simply. 

 

Production Cost:

Production cost is the major money involved in the final product’s price and the budget of the company every year. Since there are a lot of huge-sized machines and a lot of skilled people working to get the final product, it obviously intakes a lot of money. With additive manufacturing, a design can be printed simply as we print a document and assembled together to make the product. This reduces a tremendous amount of money replacing those large machines and their multiple operators.

 

Process Simplifications 

Conventional methods of manufacturing processes contain complicated and long processes and special purpose machines. But in the case of additive technologies, the processes are simplified as simple as switching on and off a button. Prototyping, Production, Assembly and Quality processes are becoming easy with these technologies

 

Product Simplifications 

Not just the process, even the product structure is simplified and made easily and quickly to the selling line. Additive technology designs made assemblies simpler. Instead of having multi-level assemblies, they can have basic part structures without any assembly and lesser levels of assemblies to get the same component

 

Small Production

The large machines running for a product will fetch the benefits only if they are operated for a huge quantity of products. But having a 3D printer for production, companies don’t really need to worry about getting smaller orders. It still fetches the benefits which cannot be done by conventional machines.

 

Material & Energy 

Thinking of material waste in a production process. It is enormous. Wastage cost, Scrap process, and energy required for managing that wastage of materials are always a headache for the companies. Additive technologies utilize the usage of materials better than anything. 

 

Futuristic 

Every industry is moving forward with technologies. Upgrading conventional machines is not that easy and happening. As the situation demands and to survive in the future race, companies are focusing on adapting a PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) in place. When a systematic environment is formed throughout the industry with a cloud-based PLM, it will be great if the CAD system and production machines are managed through it. This will be easily satisfied by the additive technologies.

 

 

 Final Thoughts

KloudPLM offers a cloud-first PLM solution that helps you to create the products of tomorrow. Different teams such as marketing, sales, engineering can use KloudPLM and work together to get the product from concept, to design, to market. Schedule a demo today.

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