The Forge of the Future: Printing Metal
The element that once was molten, poured, shaped, and honed by hand now carries more potential than ever, thanks to modern technology and the advent of additive manufacturing. That element, or a combination of elements, is, of course, metal. Metal, the access to it, and the skill in working with it to create more and more refined technology have impacted the world and its events in immeasurable ways; we look back to the Bronze Age or the Iron Age as epochs we now even define by the metals which shaped them. Even now, however, we are unlocking the possibilities of these same elements with 3D printing, which allows us to create ever more complex geometries and components to allow for the innovation of creative minds to power forward into new territories.
Using additive manufacturing to work with metals allows for an astonishing level of design freedom compared to using more traditional methods of working with metals. Complex geometries, complicated internal structures, and integrated functionalities that were previously unattainable are now possible due to 3D printing. For the aerospace and automotive industries, these realities offer new possibilities to create lightweight yet strong components, an exciting prospect for industries that rely on aerodynamic, durable designs. Furthermore, because it is possible to develop prototypes more quickly using additive manufacturing, the speed with which development and innovation can take place is picking up rapidly.
While there are still challenges in the field of additive manufacturing metals, we have experienced the vast advantages of incorporating this technology across many industries. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help take your business to the next level through our expertise in metal fabrication and more