Accession Number:

AD1042079

Title:

The Future of Additive Manufacturing in the U.S. Military

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell AFB United States

Report Date:

2017-03-17

Pagination or Media Count:

46.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE