3D Printing/ Additive Manufacturing

INTEGR8 2024 PLAYBOOK - Recommendations for Industry on Additive Manufacturing

Automation Alley
April 3, 2024
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With its transformative potential in increasing speed-to-market, lowering costs, reducing waste, and customizing specialty parts, additive manufacturing, is revolutionizing product manufacturing. Explore Automation Alley’s recommendations for industry in regards to 3D printing, hot off the press from the latest Integr8 Playbook on 3D Printing.

Machines, materials, and software innovations are sparking a renewed interest in additive manufacturing—and all companies should be paying attention, especially as on-demand and customized products made to individual specifications become the norm. With its unparalleled ability to increase speed-to-market, lower costs, reduce waste, and customize specialty parts, 3D printing is changing the way we make products and is accelerating the circular economy, linking material, design, and production in a continuous and sustainable loop. 

Industry leaders can pave the way for successful integration of additive manufacturing by investing in R&D, strategically incorporating 3D printing into their supply chains, and prioritizing talent development through targeted training programs. These recommendations set the stage for embracing the transformative potential of additive manufacturing within the manufacturing sector. 

Investing in Research and Development 

Industry leaders should prioritize substantial investments in research and development to explore and refine the applications of additive manufacturing within their specific production processes. This involves not only adopting existing 3D printing technologies, but actively contributing to the advancement of these technologies.

Read the full recommendations for industry section in our Integr8 Playbook on additive manufacturing here.

Automation Alley
Automation Alley

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