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We Need To Stop Equating Disruption With Displacement: Where Additive Fits Into Manufacturing

We Need To Stop Equating Disruption With Displacement: Where Additive Fits Into Manufacturing

Written by David

November 28, 2018

Raging discussions on the “technologies of the future” focus on Industry 4.0 and all the interconnected, advanced capabilities under this broad umbrella that are set to disrupt workflows.

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Disruption: it’s a term often bandied about as nascent technologies take their place as some kind of wunderkind manufacturing solutions. Too often this is spoken of interchangeably with the idea of displacement, but that’s a mistake. The real power of the latest technology suites, including additive manufacturing, is alongside existing production solutions.

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When we talk about traditional manufacturing we usually mean either subtractive processes that remove material to create a component or casting or molding, where a mold is filled with material to make a part or product. Advances in technologies like CNC and waterjetting have brought digital precision to these subtractive techniques, enhancing accuracies and speeding workflow. Injection molding, for its part, remains a mainstay in mass production as huge […]

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