The Fourth Industrial Revolution has extensive dependency on additive manufacturing. BiologIC is pioneering the “second wave of additive”.
The first wave has mainly used 3D printing for prototyping designs that are then mass produced using classical manufacturing approaches. Some advantages of the first wave have been that 3D printing can print many geometric structures, as well as simplify the product design process. It is also relatively environmentally friendly. Moreover, it can significantly decrease lead times, increase flexibility and reduce total production costs.
The second wave of additive is a major transition that truly takes advantage of "free complexity" and ”mass customisation” in unleashing a powerful new generation of highly-integrated products with high density of function and for which additive manufacturing is used through the entire product life cycle.
Unlike classical subtractive manufacture, in additive manufacturing you only pay for the materials you add. With layer-by-layer manufacturing directly from a digital CAD model, complex geometries can be fabricated without any increase in the cost of production. The possibilities of free complexity are further amplified with multi-material 3D printing to provide complex, functional systems.
But free complexity is not a given. It only comes through intelligent design, engineering and from mastering this innovative technology.
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