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Additive manufacturing refers to adding layer-upon-layer of material using data-driven automation to form a product. This is the opposite of machining, which relies on removing material to form a product. Additive manufacturing is sometimes called 3D printing, but is often associated more specifically with large-scale industrial production. Industrial additive manufacturing requires an integrated and digital workflow starting with design and simulation, and ending with the final part production. Additive manufacturing will have a revolutionary impact on manufacturing by enabling the production of increasingly complex designs, reducing materials waste and rapidly accelerating throughput.
Siemens NX provides all the functionality needed for you to create and produce designs for industrial-scale additive manufacturing. NX utilizes innovative technologies like Convergent Modeling, topology optimization, and integrated build processors to promote easy design, simulation, and production of additively manufactured parts. The evolution of 3D printing has progressed past rapid prototyping and is becoming a mainstream manufacturing process used by industries from aerospace and medical devices to energy and automotive.
Additive manufacturing can be accomplished using various techniques like Binder Jetting and Laminated Object Manufacturing, but the technologies below are the most frequently used for 3D printing.
The benefits of additive manufacturing give it advantages over other manufacturing methods in specific use cases.
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