The very first object to break the landspeed barrier of 1,000 mph is likely to be a part produced through additive manufacturing.
One of the benefits of having additive manufacturing capability in-house is that it gives the manufacturer an efficient resource for quickly producing custom devices for use in its own processes.
A photo essay documents the types of parts that are possible with an additive production process. The parts come from a medical manufacturing company that is now using additive manufacturing to create implants and instruments that would have been impossible or impractical to create by any other means.
I had assumed that writing about manufacturing technology would always mean writing about topics that few people appreciate. Then came additive manufacturing.
Renishaw was a user of additive manufacturing before it became an OEM supplying additive manufacturing technology—specifically, laser melting systems for producing metal parts. For a metrology company to diversify into additive manufacturing machinery in this way indicates the long-term promise the company sees for this method of manufacturing.
The integration of manufacturing with product development creates
a context that will help additive manufacturing advance.
Interest in additive manufacturing was evident at last week’s Rapid show in Pittsburgh.