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Additive Manufacturing: Current State, Future Potential, Gaps & Needs, and Recommendations



Yong Huang, Ming Leu, Jyoti Mazumder, Alkan Donmez


Additive manufacturing (AM), the process of joining materials to make objects from three-dimensional (3D) model data, usually layer by layer, is distinctly different from and has many advantages over traditional manufacturing processes. Commonly known as "3D printing," AM provides a cost-effective and time-efficient way to produce low-volume, customized products with complicated geometries and advanced material properties and functionality. As a result of the 2013 NSF Workshop on Frontiers of Additive Manufacturing Research and Education, this paper summarizes AM's current state, future potential, gaps and needs, as well as recommendations for technology and research, university-industry collaboration and technology transfer, and education and training.
ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering


additive manufacturing, 3D printing, direct digital manufacturing


Huang, Y. , Leu, M. , Mazumder, J. and Donmez, A. (2015), Additive Manufacturing: Current State, Future Potential, Gaps & Needs, and Recommendations, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, [online], (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created February 26, 2015, Updated October 12, 2021