Additive manufacturing or commonly known today as 3D printing is the process of building up a work piece layer by layer. Several distinct technologies have emerged over the last few decades, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. 3ERP understands each technology, and can apply this knowledge to your projects for optimal results. For certain geometries, additive manufacturing is the best approach to creating a physical part – certain features would be impossible to create by conventional (subtractive) methods. In some cases, additive manufacturing offers great advantages in material science. Sintering-based machines use powdered stock material – opening up opportunities to exploit the strengths of powder metallurgy. The engineer can specify (otherwise) impossible alloy combinations, as well as alloys that are impractical or impossible to machine (eg. due to work hardening properties.) Additive manufacturing may also offer the most viable fabrication option when part quantities are low. Whatever the demands of your application, 3ERP can evaluate manufacture by additive manufacturing, and select the specific technology most applicable. Going beyond this, we keep the whole picture in focus and take subtractive processes into full account. Looking to the future, we believe that the best manufacturing solutions will not exist entirely within either the field of additive manufacturing, or subtractive manufacturing and related conventional approaches – but in a masterful blend of technologies.
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