Development Trends in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

Bingheng Lu, Dichen Li, Xiaoyong Tian
2015 Engineering  
Additive manufacturing and 3D printing tech nology have been developing rapidly in the last 30 years, and indicate great potential for future development. The promising future of this technology makes its impact on traditional industry unpredictable. 3D printing will propel the revolution of fabrication modes forward, and bring in a new era for customized fabrication by realizing the five "any"s: use of almost any material to fabricate any part, in any quantity and any location, for any
more » ... al field. Innovations in material, design, and fabrication processes will be inspired by the merging of 3Dprinting technology and processes with traditional manufacturing processes. Finally, 3D printing will become as valuable for manufacturing industries as equivalent and subtractive manufacturing processes.
doi:10.15302/j-eng-2015012 fatcat:mn7elfpfrzeohljeusnrbjv3su