Additive Manufacturing (AM) Is A Technology That Is Becoming Increasingly Important To Grundfos And Has Been Refined For The Production Of Advanced Prototypes And Sophisticated Components During The Last Decade. We Aim To Mature AM For Future Production, Allowing It To Be Scaled Into High Volume Production Of Complex Applications. This Is Made Possible Through Broad Collaboration Across Business Functions And Customer Interaction.
One example of this can be found in a number of our factories, where small desktop FDM printers placed locally have started a revolution when designing and manufacturing grippers, jigs, and fixtures. Today injection molding tools are designed with conformal cooling to reduce cycle time and improve part quality and machine utilization. All these initiatives improve our competitiveness by reducing time to market and driving down the cost of products. Our vision, however, goes beyond this.
Conventional production methods have been refined to be very cost-effective for high volume production, but the manufacturing lines' complexity makes them rigid and investment sensitive. We foresee that AM will disrupt the industry with new product offerings by interacting and co-developing with our customers in more convenient and agile ways.