Additive Manufacturing Case Study

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Companies are using AM for building prototypes at a fast rate compared to other design methods and its application ranges from automobiles, medicines, special purpose engineering, lifestyle and tool making (Harris).
Without undermining this technology and its benefits, it has been unfolded that additive manufacturing can be further improved, particularly in regards to the materials used and its speed. The Royal Academy of engineering (2013) noted that there is a need to come up with better materials that can be used for additive manufacturing. The existence of machines that process metals by using powder to create objects, a process known as sintering, has proven to be helpful and efficient to industrial users. However, as much as Scalmalloy, a new metallic alloy used in AM, has both met and addressed the needs of manufacturers, further research and intense development of polymers should be conducted and made. The materials that are currently in use have been identified as producing UV resins that are toxic in nature, making these materials a critical issue that needs to be addressed. Furthermore, in regards to the speed of AM, it has been established that we need a new creation of machines that can work much faster than the current which often use injection moulding. This is important because the existing AM is not up to speed with the present technologies.
The common classes of materials that additive manufacturing currently use are those of plastics and industrial metals like Nickel, Steel and Aluminum. These materials have not failed in providing the desired results, however, they have been marked with several demerits that include high cost of the materials, being labor-intensive, and perhaps the major demerit being, consum...

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...uction processes and that they apply a combination of technologies used in manufacturing to make the process conventional and easy software integration to achieve adaptability and high flexibility of the AM-machines during the production processes. The processes are also aimed at meeting customer requirement in the design and fabrication and increase speed, quality, value added network for competency and transparency of the whole process.
In conclusion, through application and use of additive manufacturing, there will be a realization of on-demand manufacturing that has improved volume resulting from increasing the production volume of AM-machines at a reduced production or manufacture cost. The products as also of improved quality produced and minimum lead time possible as compared with other tooling work. This will result in a revolutionized manufacturing industry.

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