TSMA Q4: State of Manufacturers’ – Is Additive Manufacturing Ready for Scale Production?
Many users of Additive Manufacturing (AM) associate it with prototyping, tooling or one-off parts. But AM technologies are getting faster and more economical, and are being proven for production applications. In some cases, additive manufacturing is now a direct competitor to conventional manufacturing for parts that might previously have been made through molding or machining. a
In his role as editor-in-chief of Additive Manufacturing magazine, Peter Zelinski has had the chance to visit manufacturers succeeding with AM for production, including getting inside views of processes where the use of AM for production is still a guarded secret. He will discuss themes and trends he sees that suggest how AM as a production option is likely to proceed.
Jesse Roitenberg guides the next generation products, materials and programs for Stratasys as the Americas Education Manager. He will be explaining the value of the Additive Manufacturing Certification and its impact in multiple industries: Medical, Medical Device, Manufacturing, Auto, Aero, and many others. Employing certified individuals will ensure companies are doing so in the most efficient way while also being able to maintain and manage the machines. Additive Manufacturing has already been impacting industry in Southern Indiana and the Certification program will support the growth of additive technology from prototyping to production in the region.