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3 Reasons Why Additive Manufacturing Is Important

Additive manufacturing, or popularly known today as 3D printing, is a technology which is used to manufacture prototype parts by printing them layer by layer. This technology has penetrated every major industry from automotive, aerospace, defense, consumer products to medical and dental. Most common applications include functional prototypes, fit and assembly models, patters for prototype tooling, patters for metal casting, presentation models, visual aids, and tooling components. Below are some of the reasons why additive manufacturing is important in the rapid prototyping and manufacturing industry.

Simplified product design
Imagine a prototype that starts with a complex polygonal shape and ends with a circular structure at the tail end. The smooth transition from a polygon to a circle is difficult to achieve with conventional manufacturing methods, but can be easily accomplished using additive manufacturing.

Reduction in weight
Additive manufacturing systems either cure, extrude, melt or sinter material only where it’s producing honeycomb structures with higher strength-to-weight ratio as compared to completely solid structures. This results in significant weight reduction and improved part performance.

Complex geometries
Additive manufacturing brings innovation at the forefront. Designers and engineers are able to try different iterations without the added costs associated with traditional manufacturing methods.

As we look in to the future, it is clear that role additive manufacturing will only continue to steadily grow. It will not completely replace traditional manufacturing methods such as injection molding and die casting, but it will continue to build its footprint layer by layer in the manufacturing world. New additive manufacturing technologies are making it possible to produce prototypes that were once considered extremely difficult to produce using traditional manufacturing technologies. When it comes to providing high quality additive manufacturing services, ARRK stays ahead of the competition by investing in the latest technologies and materials.

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