What is Additive Manufacturing?
Additive manufacturing (AM), also called 3D printing, is a process used to create three-dimensional parts from a digital file. It usually involves building up, or solidifying, thin layers of material to create complete parts. The technology is able to produce complex shapes which cannot be produced by ‘traditional’ techniques such as casting, forging and machining. Additive manufacturing introduces new design possibilities, including opportunities to combine multiple components in production, minimise material use and reduce tooling costs.
AM guide feature
Video: Design for metal additive manufacturing
A beginner’s guide to residual stress – a video feature by Marc Saunders, Director of Renishaw Global Solutions Centres, discussing the key factors to design out residual stress in AM design.