Incorporating Additive into Your Process Mix

Although many people are intrigued by the process of additive manufacturing, some might be under the assumption that it is beyond the capabilities of a metalworking shop; however, this assumption isn’t correct. Here are some examples of shops that have become proficient with the process, and your shop can, too. 

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Although many are intrigued by the process of additive manufacturing, some might be under the assumption that it is beyond the capabilities of a metalworking shop; after all, metalworking shops have been doing subtractive manufacturing since their beginning, and this opposite technology seems out of their league. But we need to get out of this mindset because these assumptions are not correct. Additive is not going away, and it is the technology of not only the present, but the future. Shops are capable of this technology, and by working with new additive processes, a business like yours can be more successful.

Slice Mfg. Studios is a shop that has become a leader in the 3D printing industry. To read about how its success stems from paying close attention to detail and automating some processes, visit “First-Class Manufacturing with Additive.”

C&A Tool is an example of a shop that incorporated additive into its mix of exisiting metalworking subtractive equipment. Read about this company here as well as the many benefits of additive technology, which include the production of more durable parts, cleaner processes and better cost effectiveness. 

For even more articles about additive manufacturing, visit the additive manufacturing zone on PM’s website, or visit the Additive Manufacturing website, PM’s sister publication that is devoted to the AM process.

And one more thing: If you like videos, check out “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Additive Manufacturing.”

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