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.

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