On March 7 and 8, we attended RapidPro, a great international trade fair for getting acquainted with the versatility of Additive Manufacturing. At our stand with MSC Software products, we talked to many different people, and one thing became clear pretty quickly: Additive Manufacturing has become such a broad term, and so many people are taking it on one way or another, that it is probably time to start differentiating. Allow us to elaborate!
Different products, different challenges
Now that Additive Manufacturing is becoming a mature technology, 3D printing inevitably comes with a variety of challenges that engineers need to tackle. To truly determine these challenges, I’ve observed that it is increasingly important to be more specific about the type of Additive Manufacturing you’re referring to. The visitors at RapidPro were on every side of the spectrum. From concrete and boats to bone structures and precise mechanical parts: 3D printing is done on every conceivable scale. Consequently, the associated challenges vary just as widely. For example, those who print metal materials need to solve warping issues, while cracking can be a huge problem in concrete printing.
Incidentally, as a software supplier, we can help people in every 3D printing area. So if you require help with a specific area of Additive Manufacturing, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help you ensure that your product performs optimally.
Want to know more? Have a look at the lecture I gave at RapidPro below!
An engineer by heart, but equipped with a commercial mindset. Mathijs has gained experience with new, exciting technologies like metal, composite, and plastic Additive Manufacturing, but he also loves the conventional, robust ways of getting things done. Also, he is a huge fan of rugby.