Additive Manufacturing Opens New PossibilitiesPosted on April 28, 2017 by Hygrade Laser Profiling, in News
Additive Manufacturing is opening up endless possibilities using components made from nothing more than powder and laser light. The term describes technologies that create 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material. This encompasses any kind of material; metal, plastic, concrete and so on.
Additive Manufacturing incorporates many technologies such as 3D printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), layered manufacturing and additive fabrication.
In Additive Manufacturing, only powder and laser light are used to form components. Until recently, ablation and forming methods have outweighed Additive Manufacturing in the industrial production line. This shift in modern manufacturing aligns with the advancements in modern manufacturing; where traditional methods could not produce geometrically complicated objects, Additive Manufacturing shows that this can be done, without using any tools or machinery.
Additive Manufacturing is exceptionally advantageous when producing prototypes, unique pieces and small series, but the user benefits from the freedom to design any shape they choose.