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 ...