How is Honeywell using Additive Manufacturing, or 3D printing, to cut costs and cycle time for parts production? That’s what Honeywell Engineering Fellow Don Godfrey shared on Jan. 17 at a chapter meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Arizona.
Focusing on how Additive Manufacturing is changing the future of production, Godfrey covered Honeywell’s investment in 3D printing with labs in China, Europe, India and the U.S.
His presentation, “Using Additive Manufacturing for Tooling Applications,” detailed how 3D printing lets technical companies create complex parts in a more efficient, timely and cost-effective manner.
“These new manufacturing techniques help streamline production lifecycles because they allow us to print components in-house in a fraction of the time it takes today,” said Godfrey. “Particularly in prototype parts, we have taken a project that was three and a half to four years in length and condensed it to two months.”
Since Additive Manufacturing allows organizations to achieve greater precision at a lower cost when producing parts, the process also eliminates waste, improves efficiency and saves money.
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