Additive manufacturing turns design efficiency on its head
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
The CAD model is only the first step in the long journey from concept to physical part. But the sobering reality is that no matter how perfectly manufacturing steps are followed cost is always being designed into the part—every pocket cut, every hole drilled comes with a price in material waste, cutter wear, and machine time. With 3D printing, engineers can design cost out of a part when adding features while eliminating extraneous material and additional assembly steps.