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Apr 14, 2021 2:32:01 PM

Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been used for prototyping for decades, but it’s value to the product development lifecycle goes far beyond that. Over recent years, product manufacturers and businesses of all kinds have begun leveraging AM for more applications throughout their production process. From concept creation and quick iterations, to fit and form tests, through low volume production, manufacturing aids and even end of product lifecycle fulfillment, additive manufacturing has transformed the modern product development process. Given what we saw happen to businesses around the world with the COVID pandemic in 2020, many now consider additive manufacturing an essential tool for any modern manufacturer.

CAD Microsolutions, as consultants that work with Canadian businesses to identify opportunity for industry 4.0 technologies and process improvements, one of the most common questions we get from our clients is – how do we determine which technology is right for us? There are a wide range of AM technologies, processes, brands, and materials available on the market today, and each have their place, depending on your requirements. We believe that an application-based approach is necessary when choosing an AM technology to invest in. The requirements of your application or final product, user requirements, regulatory requirements, and environmental requirements will all play a part in determining which technology it most suitable for you.

On April 8th we will be hosting a webinar on how leveraging modern technologies, including additive manufacturing and virtual prototyping, have become essential to the product development lifecycle. During that session we will take a look at how different AM technologies, including vat-photopolymerization, material extrusion, and powder bed fusion technologies for plastics, fit into the product development process. We will also take a look at how virtual prototyping, or simulation, enable you to choose the right material for your application, and understand how your part will function in the real world – from how it will be affected by the AM process you choose, through to the performance of the final part.

Join us on April 8th to learn how additive manufacturing and virtual prototyping work together to enable design freedom, remove the constraints of traditional design and manufacturing methods, and ultimately result in the most efficient product development process possible today.