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Vision on metal additive manufacturing: Developments, challenges and future trends



Alain Bernard, Jean-Pierre Kruth, Jian Cao, Gisela Lanza, Stefania Bruschi, Marion Merklein, Tom Vaneker, Michael Schmidt, John Sutherland, Alkan Donmez, Eraldo da Silva


Additive Manufacturing (AM) is one of the disruptive technologies to fabricate components, parts, assemblies or tools in various fields of application due to its main characteristics such as direct digital manufacturing, ability to offer both internal and external complex geometry without additional cost, and the potential of varying materials at the voxel level. However, despite of high anticipations, AM as the real revolution is still to be seen, mostly due to the lacks of fundamental understanding, design engineering tools, and the global robustness of the value chains. This keynote aims to provide a disruptive vision about the future of AM based on the collective knowledge of all ten scientific and technical committees of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP).
CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology


Additive Manufacturing, Technologies, Disruptive vision


Bernard, A. , Kruth, J. , Cao, J. , Lanza, G. , Bruschi, S. , Merklein, M. , Vaneker, T. , Schmidt, M. , Sutherland, J. , Donmez, A. and da Silva, E. (2023), Vision on metal additive manufacturing: Developments, challenges and future trends, CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology, [online],, (Accessed May 22, 2024)


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Created September 14, 2023, Updated October 5, 2023