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Additive Manufacturing’s Impact on Manufacturing: How 3D Printing is Changing the Modern Plant

Posted by Cullen Hilkene, Guest Author

Over the last decade, Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) has garnered many headlines—from the hype of consumer 3D printing to the substance of its impact on the design and manufacturing community. The amount of ink dedicated to the technology has been substantial and well-deserved. 3D printing changes manufacturing through the way industries design, make production parts and support products in the aftermarket. In this blog post, we delve into the ways that 3D printing is changing manufacturing today. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts about the ways additive stands to further change manufacturing in the future.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

The Drive Toward Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand

While manufacturers have traditionally been hesitant to invest in their operations due to cost, a recent National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) survey of more than 500 manufacturers reveals that 65% plan to increase capital spending in the coming years. Where is the money going to go? Experts predict most manufacturers will look toward revamping their facilities in order to adapt to the demands of today’s digital world.

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Topics: 3D Printing, Smart Manufacturing, Advanced Robotic Manufacturing, Internet of Things, IoT, digital transformation

Three Must-See TED Talks on 3D Printing

Posted by Ellen McKewen

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a term used to describe several different processes of synthesizing objects. These objects can be almost any shape or size and can be created from almost any material. So what does this mean for the manufacturing industry?

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

Additive Manufacturing: Past, Present and Future

Posted by John Newman

With the possible exception of fire, no technology is ever really ready to contribute to manufacturing in a meaningful way until it’s been given time to grow and expand. Computers are a good example. Our current level of technological sophistication wouldn’t be possible without computers, and teenagers routinely take selfies using handheld devices with more computing power than was used to land on the moon. It should be no real surprise, then, that 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing or just AM) hasn’t yet delivered on its promise.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

Additive Manufacturing: Dynamo or Disruption?

Posted by Jim Watson

In a 2012 article by Brad Hart, Forbes magazine touted additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, as a “game changer.”  The author stated, “The possibilities are endless, and the opportunities are coming fast and furious.” 

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

Is Additive Manufacturing The Right Fit For Your Company?

Posted by Carrie Pittman

Written by: John Anderson, Director

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

The New Industrial Revolution - Reshoring and Advanced Manufacturing

Posted by Carrie Pittman

Written by: Michele Nash-Hoff

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Reshoring, 3D Printing

3D Printing - This is Not Your Child's Paper Mache

Posted by Carrie Pittman

This article, originally posted on NIST MEP's Manufacturing Innovation Blog and written by Clara Asmail, speculates on the future of additive manufacturing.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing