Innovations in Additive Manufacturing

S.H. Gardner
Big Metal Additive, Inc,
United States

Keywords: additive manufacturing


Well recognized limitations of current additive manufacturing are finished part size, dimensional tolerance and surface finish.  Many recent innovations for 3D printing design, process monitoring and quality assurance are elevating the practical utility of additive manufactured components.  Typically, a process and material matures through a path of increasing application criticality.  The combination of additive manufacturing and CNC machining on a single platform augmented with process monitoring and controls for large parts has attractive design opportunities for a broad range of applications.