The advent of 3D printing has already made a tremendous impact on the landscape of the manufacturing industry. The ability to reduce lead times, minimize inventory, and streamline the assembly process has been game-changing. One can only imagine what the future of 3D printing holds.
Compared to other manufacturing processes–casting and forging for example–3D printing is a very new technology. Only in the last decade or so has it really moved from being an aid to product designers to becoming a practical manufacturing tool. Only now are industries beginning to truly recognize the potential of additive manufacturing.
History is littered with technological breakthroughs that have helped to propel society forward. Life as we know it today would be markedly different were it not for the myriad of technological advancements that have helped to shape it. The same could be said about 3D printing. The technology behind the rapid prototyping process born in the 1980’s has advanced leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Like all technical marvels before it, the improvements in technology for 3D printing has had a profound impact on its environment, namely the manufacturing industry. There are 3 main technical categories of additive manufacturing – each has greatly expanded the capabilities of 3D printing over the years, and has helped to shape how various corners of the manufacturing world approach rapid prototyping.
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is not new to the engineering world. In fact, the first 3D printer was originally developed in the 1980s. Due to its limited applications, however, the practice was seen as more of a novelty in the manufacturing industry. Most machines used stereolithography to produce polymer realizations of complex designs. These representations of the designer’s creations were great for testing a part’s form and fit, but the material of the time lacked the required properties needed to gauge the part’s function. As it was, they were seen as more of a prop, suitable for conference room discussions but not for functional testing, let alone putting into service.
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3D printing gives manufacturers and designers the ability to create complex shapes and build 3D structures layer by layer rather than removing surplus material from a solid block of material, or a billet. Though the process has only recently started to evolve from its beginnings as a novelty in manufacturing, 3D printing is quickly becoming more and more common and mainstream. Slowly but surely, over the last decade it has been revolutionizing the component design and manufacturing industry.
At Panova, we’re not just a company that provides products to customers. We are a company that really desires to bring supreme value to our clients by leveraging our engineering expertise and supply chain management to craft a high-value solution for our clients. All that comes together to provide the best type of solution to the client — what we call Simply Solve.
Whether you are an engineer with CAD drawings and 3D-printed samples or an entrepreneurial inventor with a sketch on a cocktail napkin, look to Panova’s engineering and supply chain experts to see your product come to life in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Panova aims to help you shed light on your challenges and promote creative thinking to solve unique problems in product design, development, and supply chain management with a philosophy we call “Simply Solve.” Simply put, our goal is to be your partner, providing design, material science, and manufacturing expertise to bring your product or component to life in the most effective and efficient way possible.
In 1977, my father, Edward A. Dimitry, founded AME Corporation. As an engineer, material guru, and entrepreneur, he thoroughly enjoyed the challenge to solve complex design problems with simple solutions. It was with this spirit and expertise that he laid the framework for AME Corporation to become a leader in rubber-to-substrate bonding and made it the go-to company for hard-to-manufacture products.