3D printing technology use increases every year by over 25%, even though it is “just” complementary technology to traditional printing.
Additive manufacturing is employed in several fields, including aeronautics and automotive; combined with the most efficient materials it already reached good results, so much that the use in industry raised from 13% to 19% in seven years.
Together with the development of new performing and more suitable materials for 3D printing, another trend is raising: distributed production, with subsequent warehouse’s dematerialization. Companies with productions spread all over the World already implemented this strategy, which promotes the realization of new innovative processes of planning and production.
There is no need to have a central production, but it can be fragmented into small productive sites, helping the company to give a prompt response to client’s needs, especially in those environments where fast response is a key factor. In this way companies will avoid long lead times, time loss due to documental compliance but especially custom duties and transport costs will be reduced.
Artificial intelligence works together with Additive Manufacturing, as the main objective is to implement softwares able to understand where to place the 3D printed components in the assembly phase.