The Ascension of Additive Manufacturing in Industry

The principle of additive manufacturing is simple: it is more efficient to make things by building up materials rather than by cutting them away.  Yet the industrial use of the technology is often misunderstood.  Additive manufacturing creates new efficiencies in areas such as rapid prototyping, but there is a shift to integrating additive processes in the production process.  As companies learn to apply the technology, additive manufacturing will help manufacturers pursue innovative designs, optimize use of resources, and realize what was previously thought of as impossible.