Industrial 3D printing offers companies immense potential in the development of new applications. The knowledge needed ranges from basic understanding of the technology to selecting components for production, as well as design and engineering, to scaling and validating production.
Design is one of the most important parts of the additive manufacturing process chain. Without good design, every other stage is unpredictable. An educated and creative designer can greatly contribute to decreasing the consumption of powder, reducing build time, and lowering the overall cost-per-part, making them a vital part of the team. Designing 3D printed parts for real world use requires an in-depth knowledge of methodologies and guidelines and the possibilities and limitations in 3D printing, and how to apply this knowledge to design viable yet innovative parts.
To create a great application, you need to master both systems and software. To select the right quality part parameters for each case, you need knowlegde about process parameters such as Up-Skin, Core, Down-skin, overlapping and contours.
Proper part screening and selection are highly important. You need the skill set to decide, which part fits best economically and technically to grant AM success and profitability."
Additive manufacturing is not only about designing and preparing your project for 3D printing. A distinguishing professional feature is the level of post-processing skills needed to make realistic and accurate model representations. Therefore, you need to know about different methods and technology to postprocess parts and be able to apply approaches of powder removal, cutting of parts from the platform as well as support removal and surface finishing methods.
Before you start serial production, you should simulate your production using a digital twin. As a result, you can forecast the throughput and output of your production site based on the machine park equipment, operator shifts, machine maintenance procedures, etc.
Since the entire process chain from procurement to production is digitally synchronized and all machines are connected and communicate via IIoT platforms, you can easily align your production with local demands while significantly reducing transportation and storage costs. By distributed manufacturing, we mean globally distributed small and flexible production centers that produce where the customers are and where the demand arises.
Whether you're a professional seeking further development, or a business and innovation leader seeking new talent to take advantage of the technical advancements, you need to get your workforce trained for these skills.
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