Additive manufacturing is poised to usher in sweeping changes across the manufacturing sector, the likes of which have not been seen since the advent of computer numerical control (CNC). Although the technology has been around for some time, the idea of using 3D printing as a production process is still novel.
For that reason, it’s helpful to look for advice from those who’ve had considerable experience with additive manufacturing.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is one such organization. Adenit Makaya, advanced manufacturing engineer in the Materials and Processes Section TEC-MSP at the ESA’s Mechanical Engineering Department TEC-M recently presented some of his agency’s insights at this year’s IN(3D)USTRY – From Needs to Solutions.
Here are three specific pieces of advice taken from his presentation:
- Don’t Think of Additive Manufacturing as a Process
- Use One Material Per Machine
- Design for Post-Processing