Critical Part Production: How to Guarantee Consistent Quality

By Mat Lewis and Adam Rivard

As the Additive Manufacturing industry moves more towards end part production, especially of critical parts, the question of how to guarantee consistent quality while maintaining a positive business case becomes more relevant.  The answer to that question can be found by learning from the hundreds of years of manufacturing experience behind us and applying that to this new technology.

The first element of a controlled process is locking down the variables as much as possible using process controls and documentation (PCD).