Additive Manufacturing technologies (AM) are nothing new.
The fabricating of parts layer per layer started in the late 1980s.
However, unstable processes and poor material properties restricted the applications mostly to concept modelling so-called ‘Rapid Prototyping’.
First Additive Manufacturing applications where found in the dental industry. Small, similar parts with a high-level of geometric complexity.
But it took a long time for other industries to utilize the potential of AM. Over the last decade, AM technologies have gained more and more technical maturity as productivity. Higher productivity, combined with increased process stability and advances in process simulation monitoring techniques, have enabled ‘real-world’ manufacturing applications. Today, Additive Manufacturing is used in more and more applications through various industry sectors:
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