Remember how amazing it was to be a child and believe that the world and your own life held limitless possibilities?
When I grow up, I’m going to be an astronaut and a doctor and a football player.
That’s what it’s like to work in additive manufacturing at Oerlikon today.
We may not get to wear space suits or go on an intergalactic ride. But we can partner with aerospace companies to build better spaceships and aircraft. We can use AM to create turbine engine parts that reduce friction, improve durability, and set a new performance standard for fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.
We’re not physicians, but we can partner with the medical industry to develop lifesaving and life-changing advances in 3D printed medical devices, from customized prostheses to human organs.
And we may never get closer to the pitch than field-level seats. But we can cheer for the player who got back in the game after getting an advanced knee replacement that our AM innovations helped to create.
The science itself is fascinating, and our focus on AM gives us the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most brilliant minds in today’s most exciting industries. But it also gives us a role in creating game-changing advances in each of those sectors. Advances that have a direct impact on building a cleaner planet, making smarter use of our natural resources, and ensuring the health and well-being of 7 billion people.
And that makes the kids in us feel like rock stars without playing one note of air guitar.