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Exploring the Potential of Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing and the Move to Multi-Functionality

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Additive Manufacturing, or 3D Printing as it is often termed, is now beginning to gain traction in both the public's imagination as well as becoming a seriously considered and implemented manufacturing tool by leading industry. The lecture will explore why additive manufacturing has the potential to disrupt current thinking in the context of:

• Its role as the enabler for low volume production and the democratization of manufacturing

• The dramatic increases in design complexity & flexibility that are afforded by taking an additive approach

• The cost effective product personalisation and customization possibilities

• The reduction of the environmental burden of manufactured goods

• The potential for new business models and supply chain realignment

• Increased part functionality today, and multifunctionality in the coming years.

The lecture will draw on real world industrial and consumer examples as exemplars and will also review the leading research that is being undertaken in the area.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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