Video: What is Additive Manufacturing?
What is additive manufacturing's role? What sort of parts are made through additive manufacturing? And will this process replace machinining? Peter Zelinski responds to these and other questions
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Because of complexity, material and quantity, spacecraft and satellite components are good candidates for additive production.
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Jay Rogers, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, will deliver the keynote address at The MFG Meeting next March in Orlando, Florida. Rogers led the team that produced the "Strati," called the world's first 3D printed electric car. It was a showstopper at IMTS 2014.
Material properties will have even more significance in additive manufacturing than in previous part-making processes. Taking advantage of the strength of one material over another can permit an internal redesign that reduces the weight and cost of the part.
In addition to making either metal or plastic parts, one other production application of additive manufacturing is building in sand to create molds for casting without any need for a pattern.