Additive Manufacturing is a lean manufacturing process and platform which enables the ability to use 3D printing technologies to produce commercial quality parts cost-effectively in low volumes. AM is much more than just 3D printing!
Put simply, plastic AM is the production of low- to mid-volumes of parts suitable for many end-use applications.
It requires three key components:
- industrial grade commercial quality 3D printer(s)
- availability of a cost-effective range of the appropriate engineering thermoplastic materials for end-use parts
- the knowledge and expertise to make all of these components work together in a lean process with a new way of thinking
The Plural team’s experience and broad expertise enables us to bring all of these components together to deliver low- to mid-volume* parts at costs averaging 50% less** than parts with the same functionality produced using CNC machining, injection molding or other traditional fabrication methods.
The answer is currently not the same for all 3D printing materials and processes, however. Metal AM, for example, has a set of benefits other than cost. We can help you determine if there is a fit today for any of your parts.
Contact us for your free AM Investigation today!