The Future of Additive Manufacturing in the U.S. Military
Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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Additive manufacturing of which 3D printing is a subset describes a manufacturing technique in which objects are built up from raw material one layer or three dimensional pixel at a time. Today materials from plastics to a small range of metals can be 3D printed, and the technology is growing rapidly as we write this paper. The DoD, as a large consumer of manufactured goods, is vulnerable to this technology while also being in a position to embrace this manufacturing wave of the future.
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