Additive manufacturing with plastics has made its way onto the manufacturing floor for jigs and fixtures, but can organizations adopt additive manufacturing for real part production with the same criteria and quality expected from injection molding? Today industries are seeking new ways to decrease time to market, reducing tooling costs, improve product design, increase product functionality and implement new material choices. In this session we will look at Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP) technology and see how it delivers on the materials, speed, quality, versatility and cost requirements that companies must consider for production. Often companies limit their additive technology options for manufacturing because they are unable to address these five crucial factors when calculating the full cost (and benefit) of additive manufacturing for each process considered. If a company is going to seriously consider additive in a manufacturing environment for many projects, it needs to hit on all five of these factors.
- How integrating AM into your production, alongside injection molding will help deliver faster time to market and design freedom for light weighting
- How STEP technology produces injection molding quality parts for part quantity of up to 1M parts annually
- The 5 critical attributes manufacturers must consider when evaluating AM for production in volume