Additive manufacturing: Explained


It was one of the hottest new applications for the gases industry prior to the outbreak of Covid-19 and it will remain so once the pandemic has passed, so what is additive manufacturing?

As a technology, additive manufacturing (AM) has existed for more than 30 years – but, the explosion in its industrial application has intensified in the past five years. It’s also been in the news in recent days as one of many means suggested to help meet medical equipment production demand in response to the growing health crisis caused by Covid-19.

Siemens revealed this week for example that it is making its AM Network, along with its 3D printers, available to the global medical community to speed design and production of medical components.

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