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AMT Tech Report: Issue #152

Additive subtracts costs. Implementing automation and the details that aren’t automatically addressed. The machine vision community offers some clarity on future challenges and more. Recycling powder for additive. Standards make the digital twin real.
by Stephen LaMarca
Mar 30, 2021

Additive subtracts costs. Implementing automation and the details that aren’t automatically addressed. The machine vision community offers some clarity on future challenges and more. Recycling powder for additive. Standards make the digital twin real.

Here's the latest tech article roundup from this week's Tech Report.

1. Additive Brings Cost Savings to the Industry

Additive manufacturing is known for its unique forms and material alloys – but an unspoken value of this technology is cost savings. Today, more and more companies are pushing for additive in production, and for low volume runs, they’re harvesting a lot of savings over other manufacturing processes. 


2. Interested in Getting Into Automation?

Who isn’t? Outside of specific use case requirements, an implementation roadmap for automation should include considerations such as safety, power consumption, complexity, maintenance, and cybersecurity. Trust me: These things will come up, and it sucks not planning for them. 


3. Who Uses Machine Vision?

A lot of industries, apparently. From agriculture to textiles, companies are harvesting the value of machine vision systems. As robust as the technology is, each industry faces different challenges. High-speed inspection and multispectral/hyperspectral technologies are my favorite because they sound like the future. 


4. Recycling Powder Gets Real

The ecosystem of powder for additive manufacturing is interesting. Most people assume the powder is used once and the excess is discarded. Since additive is used in production goods, the costly raw material gets a lot of attention. Ford and Hewlett Packard are teaming up to recycle and reuse printing powders.


5. When Does a Transformative Technology Become Real?

When it becomes a standard. The digital twin has been around for a long time, and companies are finally beginning to harvest value from this technology. An ISO group is working hard on standardizing terms from use cases. The future is now.


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Stephen LaMarca
Manufacturing Technology Analyst
Stephen LaMarca has a background in physics and is passionate about mechanical devices. He oversees and operates AMT’s testbed, including a 5-axis CNC ...
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