This video focuses on the common uses for AM in path IV for three key industries. See value added through AM’s ability to drive customization, collaboration, and integration. Medical technology may lead in the application of these newer models with aerospace and defense and automotive also delivering unique applications related to partnering (A&D) and customization (automotive).
- Path four is about business model evolution. And the focus here is on customization, collaboration, and integration. Now, in medical technology we see perhaps the greatest application or at least the most widespread application of additive manufacturing from across all industries. That comes in the form of Invisalign, an additive manufacturing that may be the largest application of mass customization in any field. Here, customers use removable orthodontic devices rather than permanently placed braces to straighten their teeth, resulting in an overall improved customer experience.
Med-tech also sees additive manufacturing new business models applied to reduce inventory while improving the efficacy and delivery speed of products. Businesses are currently working to deploy image-to-implant processes using additive manufacturing. For example, offering custom knee implants that better fit and are delivered just in time to avoid the need to keep large inventories. We are also beginning to hear of the emergence of new applications in additive manufacturing for biomedical research.
There is in fact early-stage bioprinting applications that exist today that seek to revolutionize the medical industry by creating living human tissue that mimics the form and function of human organs for research and clinical use. We may not be all the way to the stage where we can print full human organs yet, and we may not reach that stage for some time, but it does appear that we are reaching a stage where additive manufacturing can begin to have a significant impact on medical research. Now in aerospace and defense, integration seems to be the watch word.
We're increasingly seeing aerospace manufacturers partner with and even purchase competitors or participants in the additive manufacturing industry. In automotive, we're back to customization. A great example comes in the form of Bentley, a high-end automobile manufacturer using additive manufacturing to customize the user experience by adding to the details and finish of the interior of the vehicle.
- 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