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The manufacturing sector uses advanced manufacturing techniques to maintain a competitive edge in an ever-changing market.
FREMONT, CA: When most people think of a factory, they think of traditional manufacturing—the process of turning raw constituents/materials into a finished product utilizing mechanized and manual fabrication methods to add value. Steel and automotive industrial devices are considered conventionally manufactured products (but the implementation of high-tech equipment and systems in these areas has increased).
Advanced manufacturing is focused on scaling, labor ability, research and development, and dynamic/flexible production. It is often linked to particular cutting-edge industries like medical, aerospace, pharmaceutical, and other sectors.
Types of Advanced Manufacturing
Here are a few examples of advanced manufacturing techniques used to create new markets, new technologies, and new methods for current products. This list is by no means complete, as companies are always looking for new ways to develop and maintain a competitive edge with ever-changing markets.
3-D printing, powder-bed laser printing systems, fused deposition modeling, and other processes that produce massively complicated assemblies from one continuous material are examples of additive manufacturing methods. Manufacturers can lower the number of failure points in a device while also minimizing weight, complexity, and thermal dissipation issues, among other things. Aerospace, medical, prototyping, automotive, consumer goods, and several other industries profit from additive manufacturing, which will continue to expand as the technology becomes more affordable and intuitive.
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Advanced materials have enabled highly precise blends of metals, plastics, glass, ceramics, and other materials to be created for specific applications. Advanced materials, like composite materials, have distinct physical and chemical properties, allowing for more performance advancements and fewer material tradeoff decisions. High-strength alloys, recyclable plastics, innovative ceramics/glass, and other composite materials are the necessary composite materials in today's markets.
The demand for smaller components grows as the devices get smaller. For this reason, nanotechnology is at the center of several industries, as designers strive to incorporate as much functionality into a small profile. Nanoscale particles can improve material properties, monitor light spectroscopy, and influence chemical reactivity in chemical and biological applications. Advanced manufacturing systems may use nanotechnology to decrease their total footprint and increase functionality across the production line.