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One of the biggest trends in manufacturing currently is 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing uses a digital file to create three-dimensional structures one layer at a time. This innovative technology has become increasingly more advanced to the point that now many industries are embracing it to create their products and parts and benefiting from its efficiency. 

Costs
In the past, the costs associated with 3D printing made it prohibitive for small and medium-sized manufacturers; however newer technologies have changed that, making it more affordable. Reliable industrial-quality equipment can be found for as low as $3,500. Coupled with the fact that 3D printing can increase profits and speed up production is additive manufacturing’s ability to lower energy expenses and capital needed to scale up production. Coupled with the fact that 3D printing can increase profits and speed up production is additive manufacturing’s ability to lower energy expenses and capital needed to scale up production. 

Energy Savings
Additive manufacturing can significantly reduce the amount of energy needed in manufacturing processes. It does this by removing steps from the manufacturing process and it often uses less material in the process. Not only that, but the recycling or refurbishing of parts via 3D printing can restore products to their original condition with only 2-25% of the energy required to create a brand new part. 

Environmental Benefits
The use of 3D printing reduces waste in comparison with traditional methods of manufacturing. This makes sense because, if you think about it, traditional manufacturing methods tend to start with a larger chunk of raw material and hone it down to create the product, but with additive manufacturing, it simply builds upon itself to create the product – no waste. In fact, it has the potential to lower material costs and waste by as much as 90%. That’s impressive and every little bit counts when it comes to improving our environment.

Ease of Revision
One of the biggest advantages of additive manufacturing is its impact on innovation. Due to the ease and speed of additive manufacturing, it allows more time and energy to be spent on innovation and creative design. Modifying a design during production using traditional manufacturing methods could lead to costly delays and increased costs, but that’s not the case with additive manufacturing.

As you can see, there are many advantages to incorporating additive manufacturing practices into your process. If this was implemented across all industries, we could be in a better position to fight climate change, maximize profits, and create the best possible products.