AM is not just “growing” a part. It’s not that passive. More specifically, AM does not consist of just leaving the part to gradually form through the night so that the completed part will be ready in the morning. When it comes to making metal parts, AM is rarely so simple. Additive is instead a step in a process—an important step in a process that has other important steps—and so additive manufacturing requires process planning, coordination and logistics just like any other part-making approach. This is the most basic takeaway from Delcam’s trial at additive production. Namely: It’s not easy. Just like all other methods for producing a precise, functional component, additive manufacturing benefits from the kinds of lessons manufacturing professionals learn through training and hard experience. In short, the advance of additive manufacturing will create the need for additive manufacturing expertise.

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