The latest issue of our Additive Manufacturing supplement covers the strength and promise of additive manufacturing technology. It also offers a picture of where that strength and promise stands. Each feature article addresses an application that is proven and ready to deploy with existing technology, but has not yet been put into practice.
Specifically, one article discusses the creation of a moving, articulating, fully assembled component through a DMLS 3D printing cycle. This component relates to a medical device that is still under development. Another article describes additive production of military replacement parts in the field as an alternative to having to inventory these parts. This idea will work, but big ideas are implemented slowly. Even Christina Fuges’s column on NAMII describes an institute that has only just recently had its ribbon cutting.
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