additive manufacturing


Definition of additive manufacturing

: 3d printing Instead of the old approach of carving a usable part out of a large block of material, additive manufacturing builds an object up layer by layer.— Larry Greenemeier

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Recent Examples on the Web Working with the additive manufacturing and 3D printing team, his program included remote and hands-on experience. Robert Channick,, "Chicago companies expand recruiting reach with virtual internships. ‘Geography is off the table.’," 23 Oct. 2020 The Australian Navy is researching cold spray, a form of additive manufacturing, to repair submarines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How a Supersonic Metal Spray Could Make Subs Even Deadlier," 2 June 2020 In addition to mastering additive manufacturing, the facility will likely have radically different supply chains, inventory management, software and data management, and more. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A senior engineer has left SpaceX to work for Relativity Space," 18 May 2020 Some companies, such as Relativity Space, aspire to print the entirety of their rockets through additive manufacturing. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "At Astra, failure is an option," 6 Feb. 2020 The mask involves run-of-the-mill injection molding with either additive manufacturing (3D printing) or craftsmanship machining. Matthew Putman, STAT, "The U.S. needs to make more CPAP machines. Our supply chain is blocking that," 1 May 2020 The plant will be able to machine parts parts, weld and join parts and perform additive manufacturing, Pacheco said. Lee Roop |, al, "Blue Origin will ‘rapidly move’ ahead at new Huntsville engine plant," 18 Feb. 2020 While still a relatively small subset of manufacturing, its use is likely to grow as a result of recent technical advances like additive manufacturing, data analytics and the internet of things, also known as IoT. New York Times, "What’s Old Can Be New Again for Businesses," 4 Mar. 2020 That means robotic blacksmithing could take over computer numerical control (CNC) machining and even additive manufacturing as the next wave of digital production. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Robotic Blacksmithing Could Change Manufacturing Forever," 12 Dec. 2019

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2007, in the meaning defined above

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28 Oct 2020

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“Additive manufacturing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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