Why You Should Embrace Additive Manufacturing

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Why You Should Embrace Additive Manufacturing

Why You Should Embrace Additive Manufacturing

4 December 2015
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Additive manufacturing refers to a manufacturing process by which layers of material are added to a part being made until the part is completed. The layering sequence is guided by 3D imaging that ensures that each subsequent layer of material helps to fabricate the precise finished product that was designed by the computer system. This article discusses why you should make additive manufacturing a major part of your jewel manufacturing process.

The Process is Faster

Many manufacturers take a long time to complete client orders because a lot of time is spent at the design stage. Additive manufacturing can drastically reduce this lost time. This is because the 3D manufacturing process (additive manufacturing) uses advanced software to design a finished part from the parameters entered into the system (such the size of a client's ring finger and the carats of the gold to be used). The system processes those parameters quickly and delivers a complete design so that actual manufacturing can proceed. Thus, you can be able to deliver more products to clients when you use this method.

It Saves Materials and Money

Some manufacturers sometimes limit the size of client orders that they can take. This limitation may be because the manufacturer feels that the cost of making test products is too high so profits may be eroded when orders are small. 3D manufacturing removes this need to spend money and raw materials on test products. This is because the high precision of the 3D design makes it unnecessary to fabricate test products. It is therefore possible to take on any size of order because the system is so precise that you will not need to make samples first.

More Complex Jewels Can Be Made

Additive (3D) manufacturing can give you an opportunity to make highly personalised pieces of jewelry. This is because the design process is so flexible that you can accommodate any need of a client. For instance, a client may want a pedant having a miniature photo of a loved one. This is very easy to make using 3D printing because a scanned photo of that person can be scaled down in size before printing it on the jewel. This capability opens new opportunities for you to reach high-end clients who prefer one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Talk to a Brisbane engineering professional about how you can add this revolutionary technology into your manufacturing system. You will experience how easy it becomes to make products that you thought were hard to produce on a small scale.

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Processing and manufacturing can be a costly and complex business. Hello there. My name is Ian, and I spent most of my working life as an accountant for processing and manufacturing companies. This definitely gave me an insider's view of the industry! I am recently retired and wish to share what I have learned about best practice and cost saving in the processing and manufacturing sector. I hope to cover topics such as sourcing manufacturers, quality assurance and budgeting. I sincerely hope that you find some of this information beneficial. Please stay for a while and browse through my posts. Thank you.