How to Optimizing Additive Manufacturing Workflows?
How to optimizing to additive manufacturing workflows for production, now, this is very common innovation topic to each of our manufacturer, firstly, we need to know the principle and meanings, what’s the advantage for additive manufacturing workflows will take us in 4.0 industry, so we will need to research and develop more knowledge on these new processors.
What Are The Additive Manufacturing Workflows?
Additive manufacturing, also known as three-dimensional (3-D) printing is a process whereby three- dimensional solid objects are made. Additive mainly refers to the addition of thin layers of microns to create an object.
Traditional manufacturing involved cutting raw materials and shaping them into the desired shapes. But with additive manufacturing, things are made by the addition of many minute layers that come together to form the product. Additive manufacturing makes use of CAD software which sends messages to a printer and a computer.
Why We Make The Additive Manufacturing Workflows?
Looking back from where we came from, traditional ways of manufacturing were arduous but still, they served their purpose. Additive manufacturing gives one the designing freedom; one is able to come up with his/her preferred design provided the right process is followed. Additive manufacturing also enables users to customize the products to meet their specific needs. It also reduces the cost and time of assembling and is also cost-effective for low volume production processes.
How To Optimizing Additive Manufacturing Workflows
To optimize additive manufacturing workflows for mass production the user needs to understand the processes involved so as to select the right process that suits his/her needs.
Some of the processes involved in additive manufacturing include:
- Binder jetting •Poly Jet
- Selective laser sintering (SLS) •Stereolithography
- Injection Molding •Plastic Forming
These are just some of them. Besides knowing the processes, the user also needs to know the descriptions of the processes, their details, the advantages and disadvantages, and importantly the applications of the processes.
For example, the stereolithography process is used to manufacture medical products, electronic application among others. The binder jetting process is used in the manufacture of full-color prototypes and objects Figurines. The user needs to differentiate the various processes and decide which of the processes is best suited for customers. The user also needs to understand the type of materials to work with, the technology to use, and the three main steps involved in additive manufacturing. The three steps are mainly the preparation just before printing, the actual printing process, and lastly the completing process.
The type of material used will determine which process is to be used. For instance, if one intends to use resin or wax, Stereolithography among other specified processes will be involved. The technology used in this case will be photopolymerization, solidifying photo-sensitive resins by Ultra-violet light. Other materials that can be used are multicolor and metal.
By understanding the processes and all that is involved in additive manufacturing, companies will be productive and other companies will imitate the companies that are growing as a result of embracing additive manufacturing and they will, in turn, be able to be productive and mass production will definitely be experienced.
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