Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM), often called “3D printing”, refers to manufacturing processes that employ a “layer-by-layer” approach to synthesize a three-dimensional object.  Due to its rapid low-volume production speed, but material restriction and inferior strength characteristics, AM methods have typically been relegated to geometric modeling and rapid prototyping of parts.  However, recent consumer interest in low-cost AM machines, and the development of novel AM methods employing high strength alloys and composites, has motivated research into improving the strength of manufactured parts to for use-cases outside of rapid prototyping.

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