Using new technology and techniques to gain a competitive edge in the Future of Making Things
What is it?
Simply put, Advanced Manufacturing is the integration of new technology and techniques to optimize product design and the manufacturing process to create highly differentiated, cost effective and competitive products.
Why does it matter?
Current manufacturing methods may not be allowing you to take advantage of opportunities and can hold you back from gaining a competitive edge.
Advanced Manufacturing offers you a wide range of new technology and techniques that enable you to address increasingly demanding customers in the context of an extremely competitive global marketplace.
When you deploy any or all of the technologies of Advanced Manufacturing, you will increase your capacity for competitive differentiation as well as optimizing the manufacturing process for existing and new products.
Trends driving the adoption of Advanced Manufacturing
Made to Measure
Build to order to meet more demanding customer expectations
Demand for tightly bundled product/service bundles
Smart & connected
Advanced data capture and analytics across the entire value chain
Demand for more sustainable and efficient manufacturing practices
The techniques and technology behind Advanced Manufacturing
Generative design has elevated the role of technology in the product design process so that the computer can take inputs and parameters, rather than actual finished designs. Infinite computing power combined with artificial intelligence then creates many thousands of design solutions within those parameters to create an optimal solution. The main benefits of using Generative Design are the creation of unimagined design outcomes and the optimization of the combination of weight, strength and cost parameters in the selected design.
Cooling consumes the majority of injection molding machine time and is the logical target for efficiency improvements. The increased availability of conformal cooling to mold designers is helping to reduce cycle times by up to 70%. Until now, creating conformal channels was expensive and provided limited design options. New simulation and additive manufacturing techniques such as direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) are reducing these costs. Manufacturers can now experiment more freely, use conformal cooling more widely and find new ways to enhance efficiency.
Manufacturers in a diverse range of industries are introducing Additive Manufacturing for a variety of applications. Rapid prototyping for accelerated product development is one of the most common uses, but the technology is increasingly being used to product aftermarket and production parts. And in some cases Additive Manufacturing may be the only feasible option due to the limitation of traditional manufacturing techniques.
Additive Manufacturing: Making it Real, CIMdata eBook
There are a range of advanced machining techniques and tools that are improving production outcomes in terms of quality and time. These include high-speed machining, multi-axis capability, robotics and laser scanning. Productivity is improved with high-quality toolpaths for complex parts, templates for reuse and high-speed roughing for faster manufacture. At the same time, quality is improved with superior surface finishing (requiring less manual polishing), collision checking/avoidance and imported surfaces, solids or meshes.
Inspired by manmade objects, architecture and organic shapes, and developed using generative design software, the UA Architech is the first performance training shoe to use a 3D-printed lattice midsole.
Using an iterative design process, generative design and 3D printed prototypes, Lightning Motorcycles optimized weight, drag and traction to deliver significant gains in speed and range, and created a world-beater.
Do you want to use Advanced Manufacturing to gain a competitive edge?
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