Paul A. Zwart, Market Development Consultant, Caterpillar Inc
Caterpillar is actively exploring opportunities to apply additive manufacturing to meet the demanding challenges of the markets we serve. This presentation will highlight one or more case studies of how this technology has been applied for metal parts, and the process of going from initial concept all the way to production parts. We will also discuss how additive manufacturing technology is enabling:
- flexibility of design to meet requirements that could not be easily met with traditional manufacturing approaches,
- optimized performance of the systems where the additively manufactured parts are used, and
- reduced defects as compared with traditional manufacturing methods that were previously used to manufacture these types of parts.