How to Identify Production Use Cases for Additive Manufacturing

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726. When many people think of additive manufacturing (AM), they think of rapid prototyping. After all, 3D printing is synonymous with AM, and 3D printers have increasingly appeared in schools and homes as the technology has matured and become more affordable. But the technology hasn’t just become cheaper — it’s become more advanced, and that advancement has opened the door to full production capabilities that can deliver tangible benefits to manufacturers. Let’s be clear: Despite all the advances in AM, there are still situations where it makes more sense to use traditional manufacturing methods. But for an increasing number of small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs), AM can deliver innovation, quality and scheduling advantages that can pay immediate dividends, as well as put your business on a successful trajectory for the future. How do you determine if — and where — AM can provide benefits to your business? Here is a framework, based on ...

As IIOT Reshapes Industry, Sourcing for CNC Machining Services and Equipment Grows Register ico-close ico-supplier ico-white-paper-case-study ico-product ico-cad

Welcome to Thomas Insights — every day, we publish the latest news and analysis to keep our readers up to date on what’s happening in industry. Sign up here to get the day’s top stories delivered straight to your inbox. This Thomas Index Report is sponsored by Metal Tech, a leading provider of custom precision metal stamping and machining services. Hello. In this week’s Thomas Index Report, we’re going to take a look at sourcing activity for CNC Machining by users of the Thomasnet.com platform. Our data shows that over the past 12 weeks, sourcing activity for this category is up 28% over its historical average. It’s also up 38% year over year. Computer Numerical Control, or CNC machining, is a subtractive manufacturing process that uses computerized controls and machine tools to create parts by precisely cutting and shaping metals, plastics, wood, and other materials. Since the very first basic CNC technology was introduced in the sixties, it has grown to become one of the most widely-used machining processes throughout the modern manufacturing industry. Today’s advanced five-axis CNC machines can create incredibly complex parts, and what they are capable of doing only promises...