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Thursday, 25 July 2013 17:37

Sydney metal manufacturer adds 3D printing to toolbox

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Sydney-based metal products manufacturer Williams United has begun offering 3D printing services.

Williams United's range of 3D printing - or if you prefer, additive manufacturing - services cover design, scanning, concept models, functional prototypes, manufacturing tools, end-use parts and surface finishing.

Benefits of 3D printing are said to include faster to-market times for prototypes or custom products, lower overheads and greater design freedom, speedier spotting and fixing of errors, on-the-spot tool development, and no queues, delays or lengthy production processes.

"3D printing... has the potential to completely change the face of manufacturing," said Managing Director Dean Williams.

"Highly complex prototypes can now be designed and printed in a matter of hours, small quantities can be produced cheaply and easily and potential design flaws can be eliminated early on.

"That all adds up to considerable time and cost savings for businesses."

Williams added "Australian businesses are just starting to see the potential 3D printing offers.

"It is still a relatively new concept but I believe it will quickly become a go-to technology."


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