Additive manufacturing: a revolution in the manufacturing industry

We recently had the privilege of sharing our vision of additive manufacturing and its impact on the manufacturing industry, through an article published by Cscience and written by Priscilla Freschu.

This emerging technology is redefining production standards and opening up vast horizons of opportunity for companies worldwide.

The evolution of additive manufacturing

Brush handling of metal powder in an additive manufacturing machine
Deux machines de fabrication additive et un agent devant manipulant

This interview with Priscilla Freschu highlighted several crucial aspects of additive manufacturing.

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, has come a long way since its beginnings as a tool primarily used for rapid prototyping. Thanks to ongoing advances in materials, processes and manufacturing techniques, it is now capable of producing high-quality, high-precision final parts.

The challenges and opportunities of additive manufacturing

Integrating additive manufacturing into a company is not without its challenges. Nétur emphasized the crucial importance of part quality, materials management and optimization of manufacturing parameters. These challenges are all opportunities for companies to become more ingenious and innovative.
Additive manufacturing excels at producing complex parts, offering significant advantages over traditional manufacturing methods.

Is sustainability compatible with additive manufacturing?

Nétur underlined the growing importance of sustainability in the manufacturing industry. Additive manufacturing plays a crucial role in reducing material waste, customizing production and encouraging continuous innovation.
This sustainable approach is essential if companies are to remain competitive in the global marketplace while respecting the environment.

A concrete project

To illustrate the concrete impact of additive manufacturing, Nétur shared the example of the RE-101 project, a hybrid rocket engine in collaboration with Reaction Dynamics. Thanks to metal additive manufacturing, this project enabled a significant reduction in production costs and lead times. 

This success story clearly demonstrates the revolutionary potential of additive manufacturing in sectors as demanding as aerospace.

Read the full Cscience article here!