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Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is an additive process where thin layers of material are adhered together over a period of time to create a physical 3D object. A digital file (3D Model) is sent to the printer and the printer slowly builds layers of material on a blank table. As the layers are added, the print slowly develops into an exact copy of the digital file. All Wellstronics3D products are created using this process.

Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing is distinctly different from traditional machining practices because these traditional manufacturing techniques utilize subtractive processes (cutting, drilling, etc.) and require specialized tooling (end mills, drills, cutters, etc.) to perform these processes.

This technology is also distinctly different than traditional molding processes. While both processes do add material to create a part, 3D printing does not require large tooling investments to create a finished unit. Additionally, 3D printing allows for immediate production once a 3D model is created.

Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing is used by many industries and is a great way to save time and money because of its ability to:

  • improve product development timelines
  • improve manufacturing implementation for new products and processes
  • build small production runs without investing in production grade tooling
  • enable short lead times on new development customer orders by using prototype tooling (jigs, fixtures, etc.)


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