Additive Manufacturing and Its Influence On the Supply Chain

June 13, 2018

Additive manufacturing is a technological advancement in which computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D object scanners are used to create lighter and stronger parts. This technique allows precise objects to be made from a digital design with structures being created out of thousands of minuscule layers.  Within the manufacturing operation, a layering process is applied where the joining of materials required to create the object is completed layer-by-layer – this is opposed to traditional manufacturing where the material is usually carved or shaped. Read more

3D Printing and Its Effect on the Supply Chain

April 27, 2018

3D printing is starting to make waves within manufacturing and production processes and it comes with its own preconceptions. We typically have in mind what we think of in terms of 3D printing. Many of us understand the basic process in terms of building layers of an object using liquid plastic which then solidifies. This has a technical term: fused deposition modelling. Others will envisage a different process – additive manufacturing – where the same layering approach occurs but this time using powdered components such as plastic or metal. Read more