Increasingly used by industrial sectors and radically changing the way many products are made, additive manufacturing (AM) continues to be a driving force for advanced manufacturing prototyping and production. Expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.8% by 2030, this process of using digital design data to successfully create solid three-dimensional objects by fusing layers of material together [3D printing (3DP)] allows a great deal of flexibility in the production process, continuing to impact the industrial landscape.
Whether it’s tooling for composites, prototype aircraft, or automobile parts, product designs once thought too complex are now becoming a reality, thanks to more accurate and reliable 3DP technology. Advancements in motion control, power conversion, and robotics are helping expand the scope of AM, enabling fast creation of sophisticated, durable objects through methods such as selective laser melting (SLM), fused deposition modeling (FDM), and binder jetting.
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