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Forward in 3D: Rise Above Challenges in 3D Metal Printing

Aug 11, 2021

The adoption of power conversion devices, motion control technology, extremely flexible robots and an eclectic mix of other advanced technologies are driving factors for the rapid growth of new fabricating processes across the industrial landscape. Revolutionizing the way prototypes, parts and products are made, additive and subtractive manufacturing are two prime examples that have provided the efficiency and cost savings fabricators seek to stay competitive.

Referred to as 3D printing, additive manufacturing (AM) is a non-traditional method that usually utilizes digital design data to create solid three-dimensional objects by fusing materials layer by layer from the bottom up. Often making near-net-shape (NNS) parts with no waste, the use of AM for both basic and complex product designs continues to permeate industries like automotive, aerospace, energy, medical, transportation and consumer products. On the contrary, the subtractive process entails removing sections from a block of material by high precision cutting or machining to create a 3D product.

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