3d printers for the prototyping of the future
Additive manufacturing is transforming industrial production worldwide, this is thanks also to the availability of 3D printers that are continuously more efficient and capable of working with a growing range of technical and high-performance materials.
Until now, the use of additive manufacturing systems has been mainly dedicated to prototyping applications that are used in the development of new products, but something is changing.
Additive manufacturing is a production method that allows for the creation of component parts, semi-finished or finished products, through the addition of successive layers of material. 3D printers of any technology are based on this operating principle.
Not having to proceed by subtraction from solid as happens in many traditional production techniques (turning, milling, etc.), additive manufacturing immediately offers new possibilities:
The use of additive manufacturing systems advances the development of new products and allows them to be placed on the market quicker. Additive manufacturing extends the use of 3D printing to the production department where it offers greater flexibility and a reduction in both time and cost of the final parts, tools and machine tools.
the production of objects with complex shapes that otherwise would not be possible to make in a single piece with traditional processing techniques;
the reduction of the raw materials used, the improvement of the performance, the ability to use alternative materials instead of those already in use, modifying the constructive structure of the object which is changed according to 3D printing;
the drastic reduction in the costs of creating variants compared to a basic model in the production of customised products in small series or one-off pieces.