UK 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing News ?>

UK 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing News

Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D Printing is an up-and-coming development in the construction industry that has incredible potential in the UK. The number of AM systems going into companies, greatly exceeds the number of skilled workers available. The 2018-2025 National Strategy document created from AMUK (the Additive Manufacturing UK trade associations) emphasised that by 2025 the UK could potentially capture £3,500M GVA of the global AM Market. However, for this to happen the UK Government still needs to endorse and invest in this industry.

Benefits of AM

• The entire process from concept to print, can all be accomplished in a single environment.

• Through the inclusion of true parametric geometry, AM allows manufacturers to design and create uniform lattice structures to perfection.

• With the capability to derive large amounts of actionable data from the printers, designers are able to identify potential manufacturing issues early on, so there are fewer unexpected problems.

• Teams can build, track, validate and manage each job and store them for future use which cuts down on repetition, wastage, time and money.

• Being able to connect to the i.materialise service bureau provides access to over a hundred metals and finishes to enable designers the ability to instantly know the visual and financial impact of their models.