Advanced manufacturing is the use of innovative technology to improve products or processes, with the relevant technology being described as “advanced,” “innovative,” or “cutting edge.” Advanced manufacturing industries “increasingly integrate new innovative technologies in both products and processes. The rate of technology adoption and the ability to use that technology to remain competitive and add value to define the advanced manufacturing sector.”
Engineers globally have implemented a variety of advanced technologies to improve the efficacy and efficiency of critical parts, such as parts within high temperature engines or surgical equipment, such as utilizing advanced materials and miniaturizing critical parts. However, problems have arisen, as manufacturers continue to pair conventional machining methods with these advancements. The abrasiveness of certain advanced materials, more challenging part geometries, and the inadequacies of conventional machining methods will reduce efficiency in producing the next generation of parts.