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 rocket engine was designed with additive manufacturing in mind for use in an economical, European microlauncher. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Russia’s nuclear rocket, airspace wars, BFR changes explained," 30 Nov. 2018 The property is on the site of a former coal mine and now is home to GE’s additive manufacturing business, which is essentially 3-D printing with high-strength metal. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "GE Retirees, Union Challenge Board at Annual Meeting," 25 Apr. 2018 Among the initial industry shifts AI has driven, this technology is largely pushing companies toward additive manufacturing. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine," 6 Dec. 2018 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

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2007, in the meaning defined above

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