The huge potential for Additive Manufacturing
In the world of manufacturing technology, we occasionally experience breakthroughs that have the potential to transform the industry, enabling existing products to be
made faster, cheaper and better, and opening up a world of new product possibilities. Just like the advent of CNC machining, CAD/CAM, co-ordinate measuring machines
and lasers, metal-based Additive Manufacturing will transform part production, but we are only at the start of this exciting journey.
At the core of metal-based Additive Manufacturing is the use of focused laser energy to fuse fine metallic powders to form highly complex functional components that go
way beyond the designs of today. In comparison to other technological advances, lasers are something of a quiet revolution, spanning the last 50 years, but their influence on fields as diverse as
bio-medical, surface analysis, electronics, ship building, molecular diagnostics, precision measurement and a multitude of others is immeasurable.
Yet, just like Additive Manufacturing, in their early years, lasers were something of a solution in search of an application – not unusual in disruptive technologies.
For more information and for the full downloadable article, please visit: http://source.theengineer.co.uk/production-and-automation/additive-manufacturing-and-prototyping/technical-article-laser-melting-can-help-to-unlock-potential-of-additive-manufacturing/2011417.article?cmpid=TE15
November 6, 2012
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