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 customization can be subsumed.
Additive manufacturing offers significant benefits to a wide range of industries, whether it's the ability for agile product customization, functional integration, or rapid and cost-effective spare parts procurement. EOS offers a variety of metals and polymers to suit each application. Read more about the various processes and materials that EOS has continuously developed and what advantages they offer your company.
Industrial 3D printing can be a cost-effective alternative to traditional manufacturing processes in many areas. Key cost factors include: