Distributed Manufacturing

Proving Out Metal AM For Distributed Manufacturing On A Global Scale

February 14, 2023
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Additive manufacturing metal parts on a distributed scale across the globe with similar results has the potential to revolutionize the industry. IMI Critical and Velo3D tested this method with satisfying results, producing a metal choke valve that met quality standards between U.S., South Korean and Austrian print sites.

The vision of using metal additive manufacturing (AM) for distributed manufacturing—i.e., 3D printing the same industrial product within specification at geographically dispersed locations—is a compelling one.

While conventional manufacturing technology has delivered in-country products on a global basis for decades, that has often involved dedicated, high-cost production assets and personnel that lack flexibility. And supply-chain issues with procurement, as well as production lag times inherent to technologies like casting, can further add to costs and delayed delivery of conventionally manufactured products.

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