From: Jordi Figueras (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon May 14 2007 - 09:37:29 EEST
Between the advantages of Rapid Manufacturing (together with the other additive technologies: Rapid Repairing, Cladding at the surface for tools, molds...), I believe that it might represent a potential benefit over natural environment (direct or indirect): reduction of wasted material during conventional machining, extended life (coatings), lightweight structures (and thus reduction of the fuel consumption), better efficiency (cooling channels)...
Most of the case studies that I have seen focusses on the economical (or time saving) benefits. Are you aware of any report that focusses on the (concrete) benefits of Rapid Manufacturing on the environment?
Technical Manager- IDEKO
Arriaga Kalea 2
E-20870 ELGOIBAR (Gipuzkoa)
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