Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, is transforming the manufacturing industry by enabling the production of complex and customized parts with reduced waste and shorter lead times. Integrating AM into digital manufacturing ecosystems streamlines the design process by seamlessly transferring digital designs from CAD software to AM machines [1].

Collaboration and supply chain optimization are enhanced through real-time communication and data sharing among stakeholders. This enables just-in-time manufacturing and minimizes the need for extensive warehousing and inventory management [2].

The integration of AM enables customization and personalization at scale, leveraging customer data and feedback to meet individual preferences and market demands, particularly in industries like healthcare, aerospace, and consumer goods [3].

Quality control and process monitoring benefit from real-time data collection, analysis, and feedback during AM operations. Advanced sensors and analytics ensure consistent part quality and identify defects or deviations [4].

Despite challenges, the integration of AM into digital manufacturing ecosystems continues to shape the industry, driving innovation and efficiency.

So, what’s the next big thing for additive manufacturing? Watch the video from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, to learn how leading industry experts answered this question.


[1] International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing (IJPEM), Volume 19, Issue 6, pp. 909–922, June 2018.

[2] Procedia Manufacturing, Volume 22, pp. 670-677, 2018.

[3] International Journal of Production Research, Volume 56, Issue 8, pp. 2775-2794, 2018.

[4] Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Volume 141, Issue 7, 2019.

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