Roland publisher a study which compares Subtractive and Additive Approaches, Highlights Changing Market Demands.
A white Paper on Rapid Prototyping Trends and Technologies Shaping the Manufacturing Industry
The white paper offers a comparison of the industry’s most advanced additive and subtractive rapid prototyping technologies, detailing the benefits and limitations of each. While the market share for additive technologies has grown recently, the industry is also seeing a movement toward subtractive technologies, such as Roland’s MDX series of benchtop CNC milling machines.
Subtractive systems can provide a complementary solution to additive systems in several key areas, providing superior ease of use, greater material flexibility, higher dimensional accuracy, smoother surface finishes, and more accurate simulation of actual manufacturing processes.
The white paper also looks at the business of Questa Design Ltd., a design, engineering and manufacturing firm located in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Questa uses the Roland MDX 3-D milling machine to create prototypes and parts, ranging from scientific instrumentation to heat sinks and broadcast video assemblies, for clients across the medical, broadcast, automotive and consumer electronics industries.
In particular, Questa officials cite the versatility of the MDX as one of its most important capabilities, stating that no other rapid prototyping process allows them to use such a wide variety of production materials, including ABS, polypropylene and aluminum.
For information to obtain a copy of the white paper go to the site.