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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Smith said Dörr has connections to engineering, tooling, machining and additive manufacturing in Germany, as well as other areas. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama opening European economic development office," 26 Aug. 2019 In February, Whitcraft announced the acquisition of Form 3D Solutions in Dover, N.H., an additive manufacturing and engineering company specializing in producing precision titanium and nickel alloy parts using three-dimensional printing. Stephen Singer,, "When global becomes local: Connecticut manufacturers benefit from worldwide aerospace boom," 11 July 2019 Additional space in the center will be used to attract private technology companies and research institutions in the areas of cyber security, health sciences, and additive manufacturing. William Thornton |,, "SunTrust provides $3.2 million in financing for Auburn research center," 9 July 2019 Unlike additive manufacturing, which builds up material layer by layer, subtractive manufacturing allows users to place their material (wood, leather, acrylic, stone, etc.) into the machine and carve out or engrave the product using laser light. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "WeWork pilots 3D printing in Houston," 20 June 2019 The Pentagon hopes this is the start of big things to come, as additive manufacturing could allow for newer, stronger parts for aging aircraft produced in less time. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "F-22 Stealth Fighter Receives First New 3D-Printed Part," 22 Jan. 2019 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

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2007, in the meaning defined above

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