Additive manufacturing (AM): A new production technology that is driving the next industrial revolution
Also known as 3D printing, AM allows 3D objects of all kinds to be manufactured in a completely new way.
Instead of taking a basic shape – be it an ingot, extrusion or a stock profile - and subjecting it to machining, casting or other treatment, AM allows a component to be created by adding layer upon layer of a huge range of materials. It means that objects can be made in virtually any shape simply by creating a digital model.
AM transforms how we design and manufacture components. Instead of traditional techniques, casting, machining, joining and assembly, it allows complete freedom to create complex shapes which are optimized for their function.
It means nothing less than a new industrial revolution.
If you can imagine it, we can build it.
- 3D objects are created using a digital model
- Materials and geometries are optimized
- Real world components are created by adding layers of material
- Components are then finished with a variety of processes