Hitachi: Top 10 emerging manufacturing trends in 2021

|May 11|magazine1 min read

9. 3D printing

For almost 40 years 3D printing has been a key feature of additive manufacturing, Hitachi reflects that today, manufacturers are depending on 3D printing to support prototyping and to produce items on demand instead of manufacturing and warehousing them.

“3D printing has also transformed the expensive and time-consuming process of tooling. Historically, it took months for manufacturers to create the molds, jigs, and fixtures necessary [...] thanks to 3D printing, manufacturers can complete tooling onsite in just a matter of days; this has made 3D printing a fixture in the automotive and aerospace manufacturing industries in recent years,” commented Hitachi