Additive manufacturing (AM), the process of joining materials to make objects from three-dimensional (3D) model data, usually layer by layer, is distinctly a different form and has many advantages over traditional manufacturing processes. Commonly known as “3D printing,” AM provides a cost-effective and time-efficient way to produce low-volume, customized products with complicated geometries and advanced material properties and functionality. As a result of the 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop on Frontiers of Additive Manufacturing Research and Education, this paper summarizes AM's current state, future potential, gaps and needs, as well as recommendations for technology and research, university–industry collaboration and technology transfer, and education and training.
Additive Manufacturing: Current State, Future Potential, Gaps and Needs, and Recommendations
Contributed by the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. Manuscript received April 19, 2014; final manuscript received September 22, 2014; published online November 26, 2014. Assoc. Editor: David L. Bourell.
This material is declared a work of the US Government and is not subject to copyright protection in the United States. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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Huang, Y., Leu, M. C., Mazumder, J., and Donmez, A. (February 1, 2015). "Additive Manufacturing: Current State, Future Potential, Gaps and Needs, and Recommendations." ASME. J. Manuf. Sci. Eng. February 2015; 137(1): 014001. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4028725
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