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SmarTech Analysis launches new Production Manager’s Guide to AM series

End-user targeted guides seek to provide a quick introduction the most relevant AM segments

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SmarTech Analysis has just issued the first three in its new series of Production Manager’s Guide to AM to support the introduction of additive manufacturing in production workflows within various industrial sectors. These guides are intended for the end-user community and those looking to implement AM processes into their production workflow. Each guide provides an in-depth analysis of current AM applications into each specific segment. A complete overview of the key available AM materials, hardware, software and services will ensure that a production manager has all the necessary information when starting to investigate the opportunities that additive manufacturing can bring, or “add” to a company’s.

The manager’s guide to AM: Learning to metal

The first three guides will focus on three very different verticals, providing a complete panorama of what future publications will offer. The first Guide focuses on one of the larges vertical material markets: metals. The new Manager’s Guide to Implementing Metal Additive Manufacturing in the Production Workflow includes all relevant information about how metal additive manufacturing fits within each industrial segment. What are its main benefits? Which are the key metal AM technologies, hardware systems, materials and service providers? This guide intends to provide a clear, immediately accessible and up to date resource for all the information required to successfully introduce AM into a streamlined workflow in all major industrial manufacturing segments that can benefit today from these technologies.

Manager's Guide to AM

Metal 3D printing on your desktop

The second guide focuses on a highly specific and rapidly emerging hardware vertical: compact industrial metal 3D printers. This relatively new sub-segment of metal 3D printers (aka metal “Desktop” printers) offers a more accessible price-point and shorter learning curve, while still offering industrial-level production and quality. SmarTech has identified Machine Shops as one of the primary customers investigating this market and have developed a Manager’s Guide to help facilitate the journey.

Manager's Guide to AM

The Manager’s Guide to Compact Metal 3D Printers will Include the definition and requirements for Compact Industrial Metal 3D printers, with an overview of the hardware technologies, things to consider, pros and cons of each. An in-depth discussion will focus on the various applications within automotive, aerospace, medical / dental, and general manufacturing, with a critical comparison of CNC machining vs. Compact Industrial Metal 3D printing. A detailed review of each of the current notable Compact Industrial Metal 3D printers on or about to enter the market is also included.

The manager’s guide to AM: digging deeper

The Manager’s Guide to Additive Manufacturing in the Oil and Gas Sector focuses will go even deeper into the AM adoption market and focus on a specific application vertical: the Oil and Gas E&P upstream segment, midstream and downstream applications, as well as related energy generation industry. Learning from experiences in rapid prototyping and tooling within other industries, such as the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, many oil and gas operators and suppliers are now looking to use additive manufacturing in order to gain a key competitive edge in the production of advanced and complex final parts.

The key next phase is going to be the development of clear guidelines and standards – and identify the ideal technologies and materials – for the full industrialization of additive manufacturing into the oil and gas manufacturing workflow. SmarTech has identified oil and gas industry part and services suppliers as the primary customers investigating this market and developed this Manager’s Guide to help facilitate the journey.


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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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