Embrace Additive Manufacturing, Future of Manufacturing Technology

The current pandemic has greatly disrupted many manufacturers’ markets and operations, but some have managed to step up to the challenge and even identify new opportunities. Companies such as Konica Minolta, Ford, Adidas and Boeing have embraced 3D printing. Today it is possible to print everything — from a model of a molecule to an aeroplane. Instead of carrying an inventory of thousands of parts, manufacturers can store designs as digital files and print parts on-demand, cutting out long lead time and long-distance shipping. All these actions are made possible by one technology: 3-D printing.

Developed in the 1980s, 3D printers create three-dimensional objects by laying down successive layers of material, a process called additive manufacturing.3D printing is having the largest impact on industries which manufacture low-volume, high-value parts which may benefit from mass customization1. As 3D printing matures, the change will come not only from shifting freight volumes but from new business models. This technology can manufacture shapes that simply cannot be made with traditional methods.

Additive manufacturing creates objects by adding layers of material, which could be plastic, liquid metal or concrete, where traditional manufacturing and machining are based on removing material from a blank to create an object.

Konica Minolta additive manufacturing power rapid prototyping with a professional level 3D printer to the desktop. Using advanced stereolithography technology, it can produce smooth prints with spectacular detail. Its library of versatile, reliable engineering resin is formulated to help you to reduce costs, iterate faster, and bring a better experience to market, allowing customers to produce in-house 3D parts and prototypes in-house, reducing the time and cost associated with outsourcing. The printer can also print with a wide range of resin materials including elastic resin for soft flexible parts, rigid resin for stiffness and precision, and high temp resin for high thermal stability. 2

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1 https:// www.supplychaindive.com/news/3D-printing-supply-chain-disruption-manufacturing/547615

2 https://www.konicaminolta.sg/business/innovative-technologies/3d-printer/