Additive manufacturing techniques are no longer in their infancy. They are quickly emerging into serious options for the production of metallic parts. Forge shops should keep a watchful eye on this unfolding technology, both as a competitor and as an opportunity.
"Check six” is aviation slang for watching for an attack from one’s 6 o’clock position or aft quarter. In the dog-fighting world of manufacturing, forges are constantly pestered or even attacked outright by competitive forces – casting, high-speed machining and, now, additive manufacturing. This article is intended to illuminate the threat of additive manufacturing, which might be closing in on the forging industry.