For many decades, advancements in metal processing and machining were happening sporadically and the industry was slow to change. It all came to an end with computer driven machining processes first, followed by the new methods like material addition. Business leaders realized that in order to survive, they will have to incorporate these processes into their machine and metal forming shops. Today, those companies that are successful are the ones that adopted new technology and leveraged what the digital technology had to offer.
- Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is used in many industries, including machine building, aerospace, robotics and medical.
- The process allows a degree of individualization and personalization of products not previously possible.
- Utilizing additive manufacturing for a business requires ideation, design, scaling, monetization and digitalization.
“Companies can reimagine their products with reduced weight and material consumption.”