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What is the Future of Additive Manufacturing?

By Smart Factory Team / October 8, 2021

Companies unfamiliar with additive manufacturing and 3D printing processes may not know 3D printing is transforming manufacturing across multiple industries. Understanding the future of additive manufacturing will enable companies to stay competitive and even future-proof their businesses.

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Additive manufacturing vs traditional manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing vs. Traditional Manufacturing: High-Volume Production

By Smart Factory Team / September 29, 2021

When examining differences between additive manufacturing vs. traditional manufacturing, companies need to evaluate current technologies as rapid innovation in 3D printing is enabling companies to produce finished products with very little post-processing.

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Four Applications of High-Volume Additive Manufacturing

By Smart Factory Team / August 27, 2021

If you need to produce high-volume quantities of simple and very inexpensive products, then 3D printing processes may not provide significant advantages. However, there are many applications of 3D printing where it solves many production pain points felt by manufacturers. Here’s what you need to know about high-volume additive manufacturing and applications where 3D printing can provide the most value.

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Overcoming the Limitations of Injection Molding with 3D Printing

By Smart Factory Team / August 12, 2021

Innovations in 3D printing make it the ideal alternative to injection molding for low-volume, high-mix production and for products that are difficult or impossible to produce with injection molding. Here’s how to take advantage of 3D printing and overcome the limitations of injection molding.

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Understanding Rapid Additive Manufacturing with Smart Factories

By Smart Factory Team / July 22, 2021

A smart factory uses automation and cloud connectivity to make manufacturing more scalable and accurate, and less labor-intensive. A 3D printing smart factory duplicates the success of local prototyping or low volume production to seamlessly increase production capacity.

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Additive Manufacturing: Pros and Cons

By Smart Factory Team / July 20, 2021

For companies that are planning to launch new products, reevaluating their production approach with 3D printing technology can provide significant advantages. Additive manufacturing is modernizing manufacturing, bringing new products to market faster, and enabling greater supply chain flexibility.

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3 Low Volume Manufacturing Methods

By Smart Factory Team / March 23, 2021

Companies use a low-volume approach to test products in the market before high volume production or if the demand is small. Low volume options include injection molding, CNC milling, and…

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Advantages of 3D Printing in High-Volume Contract Manufacturing

By Smart Factory Team / March 18, 2021

Contract manufacturing services bring new low or high-volume products to market quickly without requiring large capital equipment expenditures. They lower the barriers for high-volume production as companies do not need to set up factories to manufacture products. Innovations in 3D printing have made it possible to support high-volume production at localized cloud-connected 3D printing smart factories. Utilizing a 3D printing solution for high-volume contract manufacturing helps companies stay agile, produce more complex designs, support multiple SKUs, and manufacture products with advanced high-performance materials.

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Four Applications of Rapid Prototyping with 3D Printing

By Smart Factory Team / March 11, 2021

3D printing has many rapid prototyping applications, allowing companies to accomplish more in less time without sacrificing product quality. Today’s 3D printing systems require no tooling and support a broad range of materials, so designers can enable rapid functional prototyping and make faster transitions to full-scale manufacturing.

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The ideal additive manufacturing process

Guide to the Ideal Additive Manufacturing Process

By Smart Factory Team / February 3, 2021

Additive manufacturing is often associated with low-volume production or prototyping. Some 3D printers are developed for the sole purpose of rapid prototyping. Still, innovations in 3D printing technology have made high-volume production both feasible and often the best solution for accelerating a new product to market. 3D printing has no tooling costs and very few design limitations. Companies can implement 3D printing solutions from innovation through production, eliminating certain drawbacks associated with traditional manufacturing.

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