Additive Manufacturing Intrigues Small Businesses
Story excerpt provided by The Business Journal.
Written by Dan O’Brien.
Bill Hendricks, president of Professional Engine Systems Inc. in Canfield, joins a small group of interested spectators as they watch a demonstration of a laser sintering 3-D printer at America Makes in downtown Youngstown, Ohio.
“I’ve been fascinated with this technology,” he says, as the large machine begins to “print” components through additive manufacturing, an automated process in which parts or products are built of materials — such as plastics – layer by layer from the ground up.
At first glance, there’s little correlation between Hendricks’ engine systems business – he provides service to generators and other engines — and additive manufacturing. However, as the business owner has learned more about the technology, he sees how it could help his company and its customers.
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Originally published January 25, 2016.
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