Additive manufacturing is on the move towards transforming the entire manufacturing industry. Currently, mass-produced, common parts are still created traditionally with CNC and injection-molding processes, with 3D printers used for prototyping the parts before actual manufacturing begins. But as 3D printers add more material choices, design software improves, and printers get faster, weâ€™ll see more and more parts being actually produced on 3D printers, not just prototyped. Weâ€™re already seeing this with some custom or small run simple parts and products, in addition to specialized parts in aerospace, medical devices and other industries, but weâ€™ve got a long way to go until most everything goes directly from design file to a 3D printer for final product output.
Leslie Langnau, editorial director of Make Parts Fast, has created a webinar on this very topic. She looks at the capabilities additive manufacturing machines will need to have to fulfill the dream of the third industrial revolution. I think youâ€™ll agree this 15 minute presentation will be worth you time.