Additive Manufacturing | Rapid Manufacturing
LPE offer both the services range and the finishing capabilities to help customers achieve Rapid Manufacturing deadlines. A cost effective solution for small quantities of highly customised products, additive manufacturing can assist in early market testing where runs of hundreds or thousands are required. This allows for any design errors to be identified prior to committing to tooling.
Rapid Manufacturing uses the technologies initially developed for Rapid Prototyping and has become known as ‘Additive Manufacturing’ due to the ‘additive’ layer process by which 3D objects are created. Short lead times, increased material range and the ability to create previously unimaginable geometries have all helped to advance the spread of Additive Manufacturing.
The growing popularity of Additive Manufacturing will have a profound effect on the way products are designed in the future. Manufacturing will no longer be constrained by the complexity of design or the availability and location of tooling.
With the very latest in Additive Manufacturing technologies, LPE can help assess the suitability of Rapid Manufacturing for your project, and provide the knowledge and expertise to help you source the best material to meet your individual needs.
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Key Rapid Manufacturing Technologies
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Common Applications of Rapid Manufacturing
Dealing with Tooling Delays
Customisation of Products/ Limited Edition Runs
Early Market Testing/Analysis
Fast, flexible production methods
“Stereolithography models allow us to do production intents within days. On one project alone it saved us £100,000 in tooling costs and reduced the lead time from 7 months to 7 days”