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Should I Print or Machine This Part? Learn Which Process to Choose, and Why.

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    The usage of 3D printing (additive manufacturing) is at an all-time high, but is it the best solution for all types of manufacturing? Depending on the mechanical needs and ultimate application of your part, a decision between additive and subtractive manufacturing can significantly affect your design approach, costs considerations, and outcomes. Join Xometry's Greg Paulsen and discover when to choose 3D printing over traditional processes early in the design cycle. After this session, you will better understand different strengths and considerations of popular additive processes like powder bed fusion (SLS, HP MJF, DMLS), fused deposition modeling (FDM), and others when compared to precision computer numerical control (CNC) milling and turning. By the end of the session, you'll be better prepared to make decisions for your products to save costs, add value, and hit engineering specifications.

    Key Learnings

    • Discover the significant differentiators between additive manufacturing (3D printing) and CNC machining
    • Discover decision factors that go into choosing your end-manufacturing process
    • Discover the benefits and “sweet spots” of additive and subtractive manufacturing
    • Discover design-specific cost drivers between machining and 3D processes