Additive Manufacturing (AM) opens up new opportunities for design and manufacturing across different industries. Despite its potential, many organizations have not yet rolled out AM on a wider scale. The challenges of Additive Manufacturing are facing are multi-faceted – but manageable.
AM has an important role to play in the range of manufacturing methods which companies can deploy to evolve their products in response to market demands. Compared to conventional methods, more complex structures and geometries can achieve customized design, greater efficiencies, higher performance and better environmental sustainability.
As a result, the technology is seeing increased adoption beyond prototyping and tooling into end and spare part production. As the technology continues to improve, AM changes from a disruptive technology used only by innovators to a common method for core production.
The challenges of Additive Manufacturing are facing are multi-faceted – but manageable.
However, widespread, scaled adoption for such products as end-use parts will require overcoming a variety of challenges faced today. This publication takes a closer look on the reasons why the full potential of Additive Manufacturing has not yet been realized.
These challenges include:
Overcoming the outlined challenges will be key to taking full advantage of the potential offered by Additive Manufacturing.
This publication proposes a four-step approach to tackling them: