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Exploring the Potential of Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing and the Move to Multi-Functionality

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Additive Manufacturing, or 3D Printing as it is often termed, is now beginning to gain traction in both the public's imagination as well as becoming a seriously considered and implemented manufacturing tool by leading industry. The lecture will explore why additive manufacturing has the potential to disrupt current thinking in the context of:

• Its role as the enabler for low volume production and the democratization of manufacturing

• The dramatic increases in design complexity & flexibility that are afforded by taking an additive approach

• The cost effective product personalisation and customization possibilities

• The reduction of the environmental burden of manufactured goods

• The potential for new business models and supply chain realignment

• Increased part functionality today, and multifunctionality in the coming years.

The lecture will draw on real world industrial and consumer examples as exemplars and will also review the leading research that is being undertaken in the area.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2013-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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