This video completes the course. It summarizes the many topics covered throughout the course. The instructors are grateful to each of you for your participation. They sincerely hope that this course has provided valuable insight into this interesting technology domain and that this insight contributes substantively to your future success.
- Welcome back. You did it, we're done. Congratulations. We examined the world of additive manufacturing and I'm hoping you learned a lot. I know that we did putting this course together. Let's think about where we've been. We began by setting the context for additive manufacturing. We provided a definition for the term and explained why we think it's important to use the phrase, additive manufacturing, instead of the more commonly used, 3D printing. We explored the market as well. We took a little look back into history and understood that this 30 year old technology has roots in rapid prototyping, but is now progressing to a world where we're starting to see final production parts.
We looked at the key industries and key application areas as well. We explored the technology universe of additive manufacturing by uncovering the seven core processes that fit within the overall additive manufacturing umbrella. We looked at examples of each of those technologies and explored the applications, the advantages, and the disadvantages of each. We brought experts in to show their perspective as well. We offered you a framework that helps us understand how the underlying economics of additive manufacturing can help us influence products and supply chains and how those two drivers can come together to enable all together new business models.
We explored the underlying economics of additive manufacturing by looking at key factors such as tooling, materials, machines, and labor so that we can begin to differentiate between cases where traditional methods might apply better or worse than additive manufacturing methods for producing final end products. We explored the application of our framework in key industries, like automotive, aerospace, and medical technology and our hope is that we can use those examples to broaden our search for value across other industries.
They're just examples after all. And finally, we explored some of the obstacles and enablers to allow additive manufacturing to continue to grow and provide value into the future. We've learned a lot. Thank you and we wish you the best of luck in the future. Take care. (electronic music)
- What is additive manufacturing?
- Working with light-activated polymers
- Resin printing
- Modeling and extruding materials
- Fusing, melting, and sintering
- Binder jetting
- Laminating sheets
- Developing a product
- Shaping the direction of tooling
- Evolving a supply chain
- Evolving a product
- Evolving a business model