A recent article in Stainless Steel World magazine by local expert Ko Buijs from Innomet b.v., the Netherlands, examined the many advantages of additive manufacturing. Components made out of aluminium and stainless steels are developed in advanced countries in abundance. However, the production of a substantial quantity of these products is outsourced to low-wage countries to save on costs. Nevertheless, more and more companies in the West are bringing their production back from these countries and are consciously choosing to produce at home again. In this way, they respond to the demand of their clients for customisation, impeccable quality, and short delivery times. The emerging opportunity for ‘reshoring’ products in the West is given further impetus by the increasing use of 3D-printing. An important reason for this is that 3D printing is almost devoid of labour production costs but there are many more arguments for its use.
The research company Berenschot has this to say about additive manufacturing: “The advantage of additive manufacturing is that it enables a quicker market introduction of new products because production can be executed in a shorter time and more cheaply. In addition, fewer raw materials are needed, because the products are built up layer-by-layer using an exact amount of material.”
As 3D printing is applied to a growing number of applications, industry will reap the benefits that this technology has to offer.
Read the full article here.
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