3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace & Defence Sales Market| Key Players- ExOne, Optomec, SLM Solutions

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Additive Manufacturing refers to a process by which digital 3D design data is used to build up a component ...
Additive Manufacturing refers to a process by which digital 3D design data is used to build up a component in layers by depositing material. The term "3D printing" is increasingly used as a synonym for Additive Manuafcturing. However, the latter is more accurate in that it describes a professional production technique which is clearly distinguished from conventional methods of material removal. The strengths of Additive Manufacturing lie in those areas where conventional manufacturing reaches its limitations. The technology is of interest where a new approach to design and manufacturing is required so as to come up with solutions. It enables a design-driven manufacturing process - where design determines production and not the other way around. What is more, Additive Manufacturing allows for highly complex structures which can still be extremely light and stable. It provides a high degree of design freedom, the optimisation and integration of functional features, the manufacture of small batch sizes at reasonable unit costs and a high degree of product customisation even in serial production.
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