Main adoption drivers of the AM technology (personalization, complex geometries and decentralized production) will provoke game-changing innovations in the next years. However, taking full advantage of the possibilities of this new technology will not succeed unless a mindset change occurs in the conception and staging of products, combining the engineering and digital solutions.
A successful engineering approach in AM is illustrated with a use case jointly developed between Materialise & Atos, a hot bonded insert. Additive Manufacturing (AM) provides the opportunity to improve this kind of structural elements in three main areas: mass, thermo-elastic behavior and bonding capability. The use case gives a clear example of Design for Additive Manufacturing; facing new material properties directly dependent of the manufacturing process, topology optimization of the part as the main design driver and different manufacturing limitations depending on the corresponding technology.
Subsequently the challenges regarding the Design & Manufacturing are highlighted as well as the industrialization challenges on the IT environment, the Business Models and the Security. Security issues concerning the misuse of Intellectual Property and the integrity of the manufacturing files have to be solved. Besides, the Excellence in Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Customer Experience will ensue with the integration of Additive Manufacturing and Post-processing into a fully automated and fluid hybrid concept, with the incorporation of Technological aids in the control and certification of manufacturing processes, and with the use of the new Digital Platforms prepared for distributed manufacturing with Flexibility and Security as key values.