In additive manufacturing, material is applied layer by layer in precise geometric shapes based on a CAD model. In contrast, conventional manufacturing processes typically involve milling, carving or otherwise removing material to create an object. The terms 3D printing and additive manufacturing are often used synonymously. Strictly speaking, however, a distinction must be made: 3D printing is the more colloquial term. Additive manufacturing refers to the general manufacturing process - the production of objects by adding material - under which various production processes such as rapid prototyping, rapid tooling or mass customisation can be subsumed.
Additive manufacturing can offer your company a significant competitive advantage. On-demand spare parts production directly on site reduces inventory and supply chain constraints. Lightweight designs mean less material, less energy, and less costs. Customisation and function integration enable a fast response to customer requirements.
We have been using EOS technology for more than eight years and have always had positive experiences. When used correctly, the design freedom provides significant benefits that give our customers market advantages that are nearly unrivalled.