Rapid 3D unveiled its modern showroom and technical facility in Howick during September, hosting representatives from the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Commerce, Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal, and lead designers, engineers and management from several local companies. Garth Williams, Director: …
Rapid Manufacturing using 3D Printing
3D Printing is generally associated with 3d printers that are low in price or, in capability. (Source: 3D printing - Wikipedia)
However, the terms 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing are still often synonymous in casual usage, but manufacturing industry experts make a distinction whereby Additive Manufacturing comprises industrial and serial production 3D printing, plus other technologies or other aspects of a manufacturing process such as automated post-processing of 3D printed components.
Other terms that have been used as synonyms include desktop manufacturing, rapid manufacturing — the logical production-level successor to rapid prototyping, and on-demand manufacturing.
We have a number of 3D printing articles and case studies below, where, rapid manufacturing has been employed in the manufacturing work-flow.
The proliferation of 3D printing in the manufacturing sector looks set to continue as more and more companies worldwide realise the scope of its capabilities. 3D printing is of enormous strategic relevance - the technology cycle has reached a level of maturity in terms of adoption and …