While laser sintering has received most of the attention in metal 3D printing to date, there are many new bulk sintering metal additive manufacturing processes entering the market. In most cases, these new technologies have the potential to dramatically lower costs in metal AM. As a result, we wrote up a short summary of the differences between laser sintering and bulk sintering, and highlighted the pros and cons of each.
We'd like to send a big thanks to Pam Waterman for the great article in RapidReady, a Digital Engineering publication. Here are some highlights from the article:
Future-Proof On-Demand Supply Chain with 3D Printing
Manufacturers are making headway in mass customization thanks to lean manufacturing, just-in-time inventory, and digital technologies like additive manufacturing.
Customizable consumer products can create production choke points in traditional manufacturing models. Additive manufacturing is one way to “unchoke” production for mass customization.
Additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) has a singular, strategic advantage in the medical device market: personalization.
The terms ‘mass customization’ and ‘mass personalization’ are often used interchangeably, but there are important differences.
If you supply production parts for the aerospace or automotive industries, PPAP is an acronym that you will hear about a lot. PPAP stands for Production Part Approval Process, and it’s the mechanism buyers in the supply chain use to gain confidence in component supplier’s production processes. This happens by establishing a reliable and repeatable production process, certified by the customer, that identifies and mitigates risks of failures or defects in the end product.
The medical device market is booming and is expected to reach a value of $543.9 billion by 2020, and an increasing number of those devices are the result of 3D printing.
3D printing’s big advantage is its ability to produce implantable medical devices customized specifically for a patient – more quickly and cost-effectively than in traditional manufacturing methods.
The MPIF Standard 35 for powder metallurgy now includes two aluminum alloys in the 2xxx designation series.
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