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Additive Manufacturing

3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) was invented in 1984. But since then, the technology has rapidly changed and grown. A recent McKinsey report notes that 3D printing is at a “tipping point,” poised to “emerge from its niche status and become a viable alternative to conventional manufacturing processes in an increasing number of applications.”

Manufacturers have been steadily embarking on various aspects of additive manufacturing over the years. Some companies have continued to extend their experiences in additive manufacturing for building prototypes, repairs, mold making and printing into creating niche solutions.

One of the biggest promises of the additive manufacturing technology is the ability to enable customization and personalization, not just from consumer perspectives but also from an industrial perspective.

Nypro's experience in additive manufacturing provides distinct benefits to customers:

  • Speed - Additive manufacturing enables prototypes at a fraction of the time it takes by normal methods like machining or molding. For example, in this study done by Stratysys and Nypro Healthcare, the partners used the PolyJet 3D printed technology.
  • Functionality - Additive manufacturing enables functionality that is close to impossible or impractical with traditional manufacturing techniques like molding, machining or plating.
  • Cost - Molding is not required and any design changes can be made without adding cost.
  • Convenience - Product design and production can be done in-house. And while it pleases program managers because it saves time and costs, engineers enjoy the ability to handle physical parts that they envision within hours of their brainstorming sessions.

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