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additive manufacturing

Building products one layer at a time. Also called "additive fabrication," the term refers to 3D printing. However, professionals in the field often use "additive manufacturing" (AM) and "3D printing" as separate terms. In such cases, AM refers to industrial-grade 3D printers deployed for business, whereas "3D printing" refers to desktop personal printers used for recreation. See additive fabrication.
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The investment in additive manufacturing creates opportunities to produce products that have been nearly impossible to make, and in a reasonably productive way," says Mikael Schuisky, Operations Manager for the new Additive Manufacturing Center.
Popular topics covered on the new site include the latest additive manufacturing and 3d printing equipment, materials, case studies, acquisitions and industry events.
Tony Cerruti, marketing director, Americas, for Sabic's Innovative Plastics business comments: "Sabic's materials and processing knowledge together with this advanced additive manufacturing technology will help to address the manufacturing challenges our customers are facing -- the high cost to innovate.
Unlike the traditional manufacturing process, which creates items by taking raw materials and subtracting from them by drilling or whittling, additive manufacturing takes digital data and creates 3D objects by stacking printed layers of raw materials.
So where is additive manufacturing headed and why should you--particularly if you're a molder--care?
Additive manufacturing layers metallic powders to form engine parts, but much is still unknown about the ability to produce rocket engine parts reliable enough for use on launch vehicles carrying humans.
Additive manufacturing processes such as laser sintering, electron beam melting, and stereolithography rapidly are expanding the ways engineers can design better products.
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing in other industries, uses computer-aided design, engineering, manufacturing and materials science software (CAD/CAE/CAM/CAMS) to create 3D models of parts and subsystems that are then built using successive layers of materials.
It is aimed at rapidly bringing to full commercial maturity the process of additive manufacturing of precious metal jewellery items that is currently at varying stages of partial readiness at a small number of UK companies.
Stratasys believes this move better positions the company to meet growing customer needs for additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) services as a production method.
At NPE2015, Arburg will present a total of ten exhibits on high-end injection molding technology and industrial additive manufacturing to cover the entire production spectrum--from one-off parts through to mass-produced items.
1088/1468-6996/15/2/024802), Samuel Kenzari and co-authors summarized recent developments related to the use of complex metal alloys in additive manufacturing.