additive manufacturing


Definition of additive manufacturing 

: 3-d 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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The center in Aberdeen will support development, adoption and implementation of additive manufacturing as an industry technology. David Anderson, The Aegis, "National additive manufacturing research center coming to Aberdeen," 3 July 2018 Under Ginsberg, the organization has expanded its facilities and programming with the addition of additive manufacturing equipment, the Applied Nanotechnology Consortium, a summer academy for students, the Small Business Incubator Program and more. Rebecca Lurye,, "CCAT CEO Ginsberg To Retire After 11 Years," 27 June 2018 Porter told Fortune that the fund has closed investments in two other companies—one in additive manufacturing, the other in transportation—that have not been made public. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Kleiner Perkins Venture Firm Spin Off G2VP Raises $350 Million For Its First Fund," 12 June 2018 Studies in additive manufacturing, as 3-D printing technology is known, will support the state's aerospace and manufacturing industries, officials say. William Thornton,, "Auburn University establishing two additive manufacturing centers," 20 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, architectural-scale additive manufacturing is yielding experiments that might directly benefit both the world’s richest and poorest people. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "3-D Printed Buildings Are a Tech Twist on Ancient Construction Techniques," 1 Apr. 2018 That's why some companies have chosen to start small with additive manufacturing, said Eduardo Rojas-Nastrucci, assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Samantha Masunaga,, "Entrepreneur seeks to boldly go where no one has gone before: 3-D printing nearly an entire rocket," 27 Apr. 2018 In terms of volume, this is the largest functional component produced from titanium by additive manufacturing methods. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Porsche and Bugatti turn to 3D printing for complex or rare parts," 15 Mar. 2018 But in the last few months, there's been growing evidence that the big OEMs are waking up to the advantages of additive manufacturing. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Porsche and Bugatti turn to 3D printing for complex or rare parts," 15 Mar. 2018

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