NPD Jargon Buster: Additive Manufacturing

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Additive manufacturing offers an innovative solution that can help companies shorten their design cycles while still producing high-quality products.

Additive manufacturing offers an innovative solution that can help companies shorten their design cycles while still producing high-quality products.Additive manufacturing offers an innovative solution that can help companies shorten their design cycles while still producing high-quality products.

Product development is a long and arduous process

It's not uncommon for product development projects to take months or even years, with the final product being nothing like what was originally envisioned. This can lead to wasted time and money, as well as unhappy customers who are disappointed in the final product.

Additive manufacturing offers an innovative solution that can help companies shorten their design cycles while still producing high-quality products. With additive manufacturing, you can get your idea out of your head and into reality much faster than traditional methods allow - sometimes in just hours! You'll also be able to make changes on the fly without having to go through lengthy revisions each time you want something new added or changed.

What is Additive Manufacturing?

Additive Manufacturing is the process of creating a product by adding material, rather than subtracting or modifying it. This can be done through various methods of "3D printing", which create a final product with a minimum of secondary processes. Additive Manufacturing offers an innovative solution that can help companies shorten their design cycles while still producing high-quality products.

With additive manufacturing, you can get your idea out of your head and into reality much faster than traditional methods allow - sometimes in just hours! You'll also be able to make changes on the fly without having to go through lengthy revisions each time you want something new added or changed.

For example, before Additive Manufacturing, the manufacturing process for a simple item like a household light-switch cover would require designing and building expensive injection moulding tooling. Then it would take several days of production time to get just one or two covers.

Why use additive manufacturing for product development projects?

Product development projects are not only time-consuming but expensive as well. This can lead to wasted time and money, as well as unhappy customers who are disappointed in the final product.

Additive manufacturing offers an innovative solution that can help companies shorten their design cycles while still producing high-quality products. With additive manufacturing, you can get your idea out of your head and into reality much faster than traditional methods allow - sometimes in just hours! You'll also be able to make changes on the fly without having to go through lengthy revisions each time you want something new added or changed.

The benefits of using additive manufacturing in a project are :

  • Faster development time - Most projects take months or even years to develop. With Additive manufacturing, you can have your idea ready in hours instead of wasting time on revisions.
  • Changeability - Changes to design can be made without having to go through additional production steps. This means less downtime while the project is being updated and more opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Shorter design time - Designers can spend more time creating their ideas and less on secondary processes like tooling, manufacturing, assembly, packaging etc.
  • High-quality products - Additive manufacturing can 3D print high-performance materials that are currently available for injection molding. This means you can get the same performance at a much lower cost.
  • Cheaper prototyping - Additive manufacturing can dramatically cut the time and cost required to get from concept to prototype. This means you can have a physical model developed in just hours instead of waiting weeks or months for one made by injection molding tooling.

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