Additive manufacturing (AM), more commonly known as 3D printing, is a production technology that makes a 3D object based on a digital model, where computer-aided systems read digital design files and use these blueprints to gradually add a specific material – millimeter by millimeter or layer by layer. Traditional manufacturing followed a logic whereby a part of a base material would be milled or cut away to give the product its form. In this sense, additive manufacturing is just the opposite. The extremely high flexibility in the design and the fact that the object is built up layer by layer (additive) with the help of a laser, opens up completely new possibilities in the design and development of components. It is not without reason that additive manufacturing is seen as a key factor in the next industrial revolution.
Additive manufacturing is changing the way we design components. Let yourself be changed!