SmarTech Publishing has announced it is releasing a series of practical manuals providing guidance on how to select and use 3D printing /Additive Manufacturing technology. Aimed at meeting the demands of the growing base of professional and industrial 3D printer users, each of these publications will cover a different aspect of the technology.
The first publication in the series, “The Production Manager’s Complete Guide to: 3D Printing with Metals” is now available. Other reports in the “Production Manager’s Complete Guide” series will include monographs on 3D Printing in the Medical Space, Selecting a 3DP/AM Technology Suited to Your Needs, and Low-Cost Prototyping.
“We created this new series of guides for industrial and professional 3DP/AM adopters in order to offer a practical and immediately useful tool providing insights and information for a quick and successful AM integration in current manufacturing processes,” stated Lawrence Gasman, SmarTech Publishing’s President and CEO. “In order to provide the most exhaustive and complete information we are leveraging on the extensive knowledge database that we have been building by researching, analysing and reporting on the 3D printing industry over the past four years.”
SmarTech Publishing believes a growing number of production managers, designers and engineers are looking for clear and practical information on implementing the 3D printing of metals, which can often be a tricky proposition.
The Production Manager’s Complete Guide to: 3D Printing with Metals begins by analysing the reasons why it would be more convenient to use metal AM processes instead of traditional manufacturing and continues by exploring applications within those industries (aerospace, dentistry, medical and automotive) that have already begun using metal AM for both prototyping as well as real, short run production runs.
Deciding if metal Additive Manufacturing is the right choice in your plant begins with five questions anyone seeking to implement 3D printing (not just for metals) in their workflow should ask. These five questions take into consideration budget and part design as well as the number of parts required and the benefits deriving from elements such as personalisation and weight optimisation.