The appliance industry has seen a lot of changes in the last decade. Changes ranging from major industry players being bought and sold (like the GE/Haier deal), to the mass movement toward making everything a smart appliance, it’s certainly safe to say that we have evolved past the simple metal appliance ‘boxes’ from the recent past. Appliances will only continue to evolve as consumer demand shifts and the need for new personalized features increases. How can you, as an engineer or product designer, keep up with the need for constant innovation?
When it comes to rapid iteration and production, additive manufacturing (AM) adds multiple sources of value throughout the product life cycle. In the past few years AM has seen significant investments which led to technological advancements in both new materials and processes, rivaling traditional manufacturing methods like injection molding in both cost and part durability. These advancements, paired with an ever-growing array of new software and hardware, has led to the creation of a seamless digital workflow that has the potential to revolutionize the appliance industry.