Additive manufacturing (AM) – or 3D printing – has revolutionized component manufacture. The ability to form metal or plastic components layer by layer means that complex shapes with tight tolerances can be easily produced rather than using a subtractive method where material is removed from a larger part like carving an item from a block.
Another benefit of additive manufacturing is that it’s easy and cheap to make a prototype. You don’t have to create specific tools or set up a costly production run, delivering less waste and better cost ratio for one-off or small-batch production. However, the move from prototyping tool to reliable manufacturing asset has thrown up several challenges for 3D printing, especially in the metal additive manufacturing sphere.
In this 3D printing guide, Hitachi’s Maryam BeigMohamadi, Application Scientist – OES, and Michael Molderings, Product Manager – OES, provide insight on how we can help you to find an optimal solution for your additive manufacturing process quality control.
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