The FATHOM team recently worked with Design World Editor Leslie Langnau to explore the opportunity with direct digital manufacturing. While additive manufacturing (AM) has mostly been used as a prototyping tool, in the past five years it has matured as a means of enhancing multiple stages of the product development process, including the production of end-use parts—a process termed Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM).
It has been difficult to recognize AM’s production manufacturing viability, as many have not yet shed the perception that AM is just a tool for prototyping. Thus, design engineers may be uncertain about how to use AM technologies and whether the available materials will meet their design needs. Fortunately, the industry has made strides to produce machines and develop materials that are production-oriented. As a result, DDM is coming of age. The adoption of DDM leads to innovative product designs, shattering long-held manufacturing barriers, and making product development both less risky and more efficient.
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