Metals Additive Manufacturing: Great Promise in Mitigating Shortages but Some Risks Remain

Dr. Miller co-wrote an article for Defense AT&L magazine about metals additive manufacturing. An exerpt: Additive manufacturing (AM) is revolutionizing the way parts are designed and manufactured, shrinking development and delivery cycle times, and yielding improved performance at a lower cost per part.  Shapes previously not possible and that have tailored properties and material compositions, can be produced on demand for specific military devices and platforms. But while AM can help deal with Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) problems, many experts interviewed for a recent report on research and development (R&D) advances impacting DMSMS warned that “AM is highly overrated.”

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