New Value Proposition of Metal Additive Manufacturing
Traditionally the manufacturing of metal products and parts has been done using Subtractive methodologies. Subtractive Manufacturing sees a solid physical form milled and lathed to remove unwanted material and leave only the desired shapes to build components and parts. Traditional Subtractive Manufacturing techniques have developed with a particular focus on decreasing the cost per unit of production. Costs have been squeezed down through the pursuit of Design For Manufacturing which prioritises standardisation and repeatability of design to decrease variation and costs.
The new Additive Manufacturing approach contrasts directly with the traditional Subtractive Manufacturing approach. Whereas in Subtractive Manufacturing material is removed to build a part, in Additive Manufacturing material is added, layer by layer, micron by micron, until the desired shape has been created. Additive Manufacturing is enabled by 3D CAD technology which allows objects to be captured in 3D format and then sliced into 2D layers for manufacturing.
This contrast of approaches and the highly automated nature of Additive Manufacturing brings a new value proposition for those purchasing metal products and parts:
- Highly flexible and adaptable manufacturing solutions
- Allows for customisation of individual designs without incurring additional costs
- Can be used to create complex, previously impossible shapes and geometries
- Now possible to develop internal channels and sub-structures
- Cost per unit varies only slightly with changes in the volume of units ordered
- Manufacturing can be undertaken in any country or location
Sinterex aims to help its clients to benefit from the new value proposition of Metal Additive Manufacturing.