[rp-ml] Benefit of rapid manufacturing on natural environment

From: Jordi Figueras (jfigueras@ideko.es)
Date: Mon May 14 2007 - 09:37:29 EEST

 Dear all,

Between the advantages of Rapid Manufacturing (together with the other additive technologies: Rapid Repairing, Cladding at the surface for tools, molds...), I believe that it might represent a potential benefit over natural environment (direct or indirect): reduction of wasted material during conventional machining, extended life (coatings), lightweight structures (and thus reduction of the fuel consumption), better efficiency (cooling channels)...

Most of the case studies that I have seen focusses on the economical (or time saving) benefits. Are you aware of any report that focusses on the (concrete) benefits of Rapid Manufacturing on the environment?


Dr.Jordi Figueras
Technical Manager- IDEKO
Arriaga Kalea 2
E-20870 ELGOIBAR (Gipuzkoa)

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