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Additive manufacturing

Why additive manufacturing?

Compared to traditional machining, additive manufacturing is all about adding material rather than removing it. Parts are built by melting thin layers of metal powder. Each layer is melted to the exact geometry defined by a CAD model. This makes it possible to build parts with very complex geometries without tooling or fixtures - and without producing any waste material.
Imagination is the limit. After all, the geometrical freedom of additive manufacturing allows you to engineer or design your part as you envision it, without manufacturing constraints.

 

Imagine what this could mean when it comes to developing extreme lightweight designs, reducing part counts or improving bone ingrowth for an orthopedic implant, for example.
But there’s more. Additive manufacturing offers important benefits throughout the production value chain. It can speed up the process, reducing the time it takes to go from a CAD design to a physical part. Because of its very high material utilization, additive manufacturing is also an energy efficient and more environmentally friendly way to go compared to traditional methods.