3D Printing Workshop for Job Shops - How 3D Printing Can Solve Problems and Improve Operations for Established Machining Facilities
The benefits of 3D printing for product design and development have been highlighted ever since the technology was brought to market over 30 years ago. The resulting focus on “design freedom” and “free complexity” has overshadowed the myriad of uses that 3D printing can find solving problems or improving operations in established machining facilities. Novel jigs, fixtures, and work holding are easy to produce with 3D printing, and replacement tooling can often be printed on demand, reducing downtime. More ergonomic grips and adapters can be made to reduce worker strain and fatigue, and near net shape parts can be made with metal 3D printing to reduce machining time and waste. The low cost of today’s 3D printers enables return on investment in days or weeks, not months or years, and incorporating metal 3D printing into an established firm creates new revenue opportunities for machining professionals while expanding their book of business. This talk will share examples of the benefits of 3D printing in established machining facilities while highlighting the challenges of moving to an entirely digital workflow for 3D printing.
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3D Printing Workshop for Job Shops