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Differences Between 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

Posted on March 13th, 2019
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While the technology has been around for three decades, there still is debate in the industry about if 3D printing and additive manufacturing are the same thing or not. Depending on who you ask or your source of information, you’re bound to receive slightly different answers. Some see the difference between 3D printing and additive manufacturing as identical processes with different names, while others see the two as processes as different with inherent similarities. Both 3D printing and additive manufacturing are based on layer-based manufacturing techniques. Using information from a CAD file, material gets layered sequentially and builds in cross-sections stacked one on top of the other. 3D Printing – provides the ability to build an object one layer at a time. Its early uses are often compared to a 2D inkjet printer. Its applications include, but are not limited…

Robotics in Manufacturing is Changing the Playing Field

Posted on April 20th, 2017
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Automation has been getting a bad reputation recently. There are a lot of fears in the job market about America’s preparedness for handling the robotics revolution that is coming. It’s obvious this is where the manufacturing industry in the U.S. is headed. Our counterparts in Asia seem to have gotten it right, robotics is the future of manufacturing, and our factories will have to fall in line with this inevitability. The question is not when is this revolution coming, but how it will change the face of manufacturing forever. Read the signs and what you’ll see is that most manufacturing and additive manufacturing will be more design-based, more intelligent, and cheaper through the changes in automation. STEM Importance Market innovators and robotic engineers are pleading for further investment in robotics research. But there is a lot of push-back on this…