Additive Manufacturing Changes Everything:
how things are made, who makes them, where they are made, and even what is made.
Globally, emerging manufacturing technologies are driving what some have called the “third industrial revolution1.” The U.S. has established the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) to invest in the technologies and skills that will support a dynamic domestic advanced manufacturing sector that creates high-quality jobs and encourages companies to invest in the United States.
One of these technologies, additive manufacturing, is not actually new, having existed in some form since the 1970s. However, recent advances in sensors, micromechanics, computational modeling and simulation, and materials have accelerated this technology, making it more mainstream. Need is also driving innovation, as additive manufacturing could help move manufacturing processes back “on shore.” As complex parts become easier to build, and the equipment and skills needed to build them become ubiquitous, individuals and countries could conceivably produce technologies, never before possible.