The benefits of Additive Manufacturing vary on a product to product basis. Broadly speaking they fall into 5 different categories:
Increased performance Devices such as manifolds, wave guides, combustors heat exchangers perform better when functional elements can be shaped optimally
Reduced weight Outputs from topology optimisation can be closely followed. High performance materials can be justified as a result of high material utilisation rates
Improved packaging Devices can be shaped to occupy a non-uniform space envelope
Component integration Multiple components previously assembled can be integrated reducing assembly costs and the additional weight of fasteners
Reduced lead time Long lead times associated with tooling design and acquisition are eliminated
HiETA are well placed to advise you on how, or if, Additive Manufacturing can benefit a product and in what way it should be introduced.