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Additive Manufacturing Roadmap

Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing: Identifying the Future of Freeform Processing

The objective of the Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing (RAM): Identifying the Future of Freeform Processing was to develop and articulate a roadmap for research in the area of additive manufacturing for the next 10-12 years. (102 page pdf)

Industries that will drive the market over the next decade include the military, dentistry, jewelry, entertainment products (e.g., video games), collectables, home accessories, and toys.

Two whole layer AM processes have been commercialized and two others are in the works. This type of processing is not only faster, but it may offer improvements in accuracy, surface finish, simplicity, and machine reliability.

Click here to download the roadmap (18Mb)
Information on the internet can be found here, here or here.
Successful completion of the following recommendations will lead to significant benefits on affordability, maintainability, reliability, rapidity and functionality in practical applications of AM. The technologies will become more adopted by the technical community with AM expertise, but there is a great potential for catalyzing the use of AM technologies by a broad population of entrepreneurs.

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences led the development of a roadmap for the additive manufacturing (AM) industry in 1998. The effort was supported by many industrial, government, and academic organizations in the U.S. and it led to a report titled The Road to Manufacturing. It served as a useful guide, although I believe it was the work leading up to the document that was of most value. As Dwight Eisenhower once said, and I will paraphrase: Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable

Sixty-five experts from academia, industry, and government attended the Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing (RAM) Workshop in March 2009 in Washington, DC. Its purpose: to develop a roadmap for research in additive manufacturing for the next 10-12 years. The effort was led by David Bourell of the University of Texas at Austin, Ming Leu of Missouri University of Science and Technology, and David Rosen of Georgia Institute of Technology. These three individuals and those attending the workshop created the roadmap. Sponsors were the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.

Click here to download the roadmap (18Mb)

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 November 2009 )
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