3D printing is quickly catching fire in the world of manufacturing. Although the aerospace and medical-device industries were the first players to adopt the process, all industries that work with metals are now beginning to realize the promise of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM). If there is a company that hasn’t yet begun to explore the technology – they should, says Jack Beuth, professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
“When it comes to additive manufacturing, the clock is ticking,” said Beuth, who specializes in process modeling and has been researching AM technology for over 20 years. “It is important to act quickly because those who understand and prepare for the coming changes in additive manufacturing will outcompete those who do not.”