Combining Additive Manufacturing and Traditional Manufacturing

  • 27 November 2019
  • CTND
Categories: Aerospace & Defense

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is becoming a bigger and bigger part of manufacturing in the United States. By 2023, the AM market is expected to be worth $5.66 billion and continue to climb beyond that.

The Aerospace and Defense industry is no different. In this blog, we’ll go over a couple reasons as to why you should start incorporating additive manufacturing into your traditional manufacturing business.

Saves Costs and Increasing Efficiency on the Assembly Line

Having the ability to “print” a part or tool will help the process of repairing traditional complex manufacturing equipment.

Let’s say, for example, you need a specialized part along your assembly line after it broke. Rather than waiting days or weeks for that part, a manufacturer can “print” that part in just hours and resume work that same day.

That ability alone will save costs and labor, even if the upfront cost of the 3D printer may be pricey.

Additive Manufacturing Creates Lighter Parts

Airplanes are heavy objects. A jet airliner can weigh 404,600 pounds – and that’s before any cargo is loaded on. Some of the material used in Additive Manufacturing weigh a fraction of more antiquated parts. Using lighter parts where possible can make planes more fuel efficient, which is a major selling point for your potential customers.

Additive Manufacturing Requires a More Robust ERP System

If you are in the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry, you are already aware of the rigorous industry standards.  AS9100, ITAR, and DCAA to name a few. This need for a top-of-the-line ERP system will only grow as processes and regulations for 3D printed components become more common.

Cre8tive Technology & Design has the experience implementing ERP systems and solutions for A&D manufacturers. Contact us today to see how we can prepare you for the future of manufacturing.

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