Posted by Sam Pearson on April 28, 2017
Arguably the next big complement to traditional manufacturing, additive manufacturing (AM) encompasses the technologies that construct 3D objects by adding consecutive layers of material. That material can be plastic, metal, or concrete. AM technologies can create significant commercial and defense opportunities, making it possible to manufacture needed products on site, on demand, in near-real time, and in far-flung locales where parts inventory is nonexistent. Futuristic applications may include machines that can build machines and structures in which people will live and work.