Just as iTunes disrupted the music industry and changed the way music is purchased and delivered, digital manufacturing is transforming how plastic parts are purchased, produced and delivered.
Digital manufacturing produces tangible low-volume plastic parts without machining, mold tooling, jigs to hold the work in place, fixtures or much manual intervention - all things that dramatically add to the cost of today's traditional manufacturing processes.
In addition to the cost and speed benefits for making low-volume parts, digital manufacturing has several other advantages:
- Enables the production of highly complex geometries that would be impossible to make with traditional manufacturing processes (when using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), a popular digital manufacturing technology choice)
- Consolidate formerly separate parts, thus reducing manufacturing, assembly and inspection costs
- Makes it possible to bring a portion of manufacturing back to the United States because outsourcing production in large volumes to offshore facilities is less cost effective
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