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J Weld Join > Volume 33(6); 2015 > Article
Journal of Welding and Joining 2015;33(6):1-5.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5781/JWJ.2015.33.6.1    Published online December 31, 2015.
The Current State, Outcome and Vision of Additive Manufacturing
Mathieu Terner*
Correspondence:  Mathieu Terner,
Email: mathieu@changwon.ac.kr
Additive Manufacturing defines the fabrication of objects by successive consolidation of materials, layer by layer, according to a three-dimensional design. The numerous technologies available today were recently standardized into seven categories based on the general method. Each technology has its own set of advantages and limitations. Though it very much depends on the field of application, major assets of additive manufacturing compared to conventional processing routes are the ability to readily offer complexity (in terms of intricate shape and customization) and significant reduction of waste. On the other hand, additive manufacturing often suffers of relatively low production rates. Anyhow, additive manufacturing technologies is being given outstanding attention. In particular, metal additive manufacturing emerges as of great significance in industries like aerospace, automotive and tooling. The trend progresses toward full production of high value finished products.
Key Words: Additive manufacturing, Rapid manufacturing, Three-dimensional printing, 3D Printing, Free-form fabrication, Direct digital manufacturing

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