Since the inception of 3D printing in the 80’s via Chuck Hull (3D Systems), there has been little need for quality assurance as the focus was mainly on rapid prototyping; now however, 3D printing and additive manufacturing offer such a wide range of benefits to users—from affordability, accessibility, better speed in production, and the ability to make parts on demand—that they are employing digital fabrication for functional parts in many critical applications today.
Quality management (QM) is becoming increasingly important now as safety can be an issue, along with many other factors such as production cost, longevity, and true functionality.
In terms of ceramics, there are several details which make the industry more than ready for greater accountability in quality. First, Raether and Vogt note that there are still challenges to overcome in additive manufacturing with ceramics, especially in attaining strength and reliability.
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