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Title:State-of-the-Art Survey of Additive Manufacturing Technologies, Methods, and Materials
Author(s):Patterson, Albert E.; Collopy, Paul D.; Messimer, Sherri L.
Subject(s):Additive manufacturing
manufacturing technology
engineering design
Abstract:The rapid pace of development in additive manufacturing (AM) technology, as well as its interdisciplinary and international nature, makes it an extremely difficult subject to present clearly, concisely, and completely. Daily, more progress is being made toward the maturation of the technology and new applications are being found to utilize it. The purpose of this treatise is not to present a rundown of the “latest developments” in AM; it is a serious attempt to survey and present the mechanics, rationale, basic theory, purpose, practical applications, and limitations of additive manufacturing in the context of engineering and science. The mission of this project is to answer the question “what exactly is additive manufacturing?” In order to answer this, it is essential to look past the media celebration and “cool, revolutionary technology” label. These days it is common to see news items and articles in technical magazines praising 3D printing and AM as the “3rd Industrial Revolution” or a “miracle technology” that is going to solve all of the world’s problems; are these claims true or simple media hype? To find out just how well-developed and the technology really is and to provide a basis for future research, a very extensive literature review will be performed and the results will be summarized and organized into this paper. The best available references will be utilized, particularly peer- reviewed journal articles, original process patents, industry standards, recent technical conference proceedings, and books written by well-respected authorities on the subject.
Issue Date:2015-06
Citation Info:Patterson, A.E., Collopy, P.D., & Messimer, S.L. (2015). State-of-the-Art Survey of Additive Manufacturing Technologies, Methods, and Materials. Technical Report (UAH 2015-06). Huntsville, Alabama: University of Alabama in Huntsville. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.33894.47684/2.
Genre:Technical Report
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-10-30

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