One of the important ideas showcased in this year’s Emerging Technology Center is additive manufacturing. 3D Systems, ExOne, Objet and Renishaw are all companies exhibiting in the ETC, located in Booth N-650.
In this article the author explains in short the main points of AM from my point of view:
* "The promise of additive manufacturing is found not in its potential to replace machining of any existing process, but in its potential to extend the capabilities of manufacturing"
*" The most established use of additive manufacturing has been making prototypes. However, now that additive equipment is increasingly demonstrating its effectiveness additive manufacturing promises to deliver many more advantages as well"- Design Freedom - Low quantity economy - Material efficiency - Predictable production - Reduced assembly