Our appliances work together to lend us a helping hand with our day to day tasks, but have you ever thought about what forces collaborated to create those appliances? Additive manufacturing and additive enabled technologies have been continually flourishing with trends and advancements in both technologies for years. Today, through trends and industry growth, they accompany each other on the venture that is appliance design and manufacturing.
Additive manufacturing originally began with stereolithography (SLA) in the 1980s. This innovative advancement of manufacturing enabled the production of parts from CAD files. Parts created were used for concept models, design validation, design guidance and preproduction samples. Shortly to follow came selective laser sintering (SLS) and fuse deposition modeling (FDM), while additional processes assisted with design limitations and costs that manufacturing originally faced, there were still constraints. As for applications such as appliances, surface finish, material properties and accuracy were still impediments that needed to be resolved in early additive manufacturing.