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Meeting 2017 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Pioneers in Additive Manufacturing
Presentation Title 3DP Retrospective: Do Inventors Know What They Are Doing?
Author(s) Michael Cima
On-Site Speaker (Planned) Michael Cima
Abstract Scope This talk will reflect on the perspective of 3DP research and development in the late 1980's and its relationship to what has taken place over the subsequent thirty years. Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) was originally conceived as a set of prototyping methods. The unmet need was thought to be the long time taken between product concept and product realization. Early users of the technologies rapidly changed the perspective. These users began to make parts that could not be made by any other method. Users exploited SFF as a short run production method for products that had very small demand. The SFF method had become a manufacturing method. The interplay between inventors and users over the subsequent decades has shaped the additive manufacturing methods we see today. Additive manufacturing is a great example of the interplay of inventor’s perception of a need and how users actually put an invention to use.
Proceedings Inclusion? Planned: Supplemental Proceedings volume


3DP Retrospective: Do Inventors Know What They Are Doing?
A-94: 3D Additive Manufacturing of Metals at Micro/Nanoscale Using Localized Electrodeposition
A-95: Direct Metal Write Additive Manufacturing of Rare-earth Modified Aluminum Alloys Using Electromagnetic Heating Systems
A-96: FEM Modeling of Steel Additive Manufacturing Using Laser Hot-Wire Process
A-97: Microstructure Evolution and Galling Properties of Hard Facing Coatings Deposited Using Laser Directed Energy Deposition
A-98: Novel High Temperature Drop on Demand Liquid Metal-jetting for the Production of Complex 2D and 3D objects
A History of Additive Manufacturing
AFRL Contributions to Additive Manufacturing of Titanium, ca 2000
Assent and Decline of LOM Technology
Directed Light Fabrication: A Near-Net Shape Process using Laser Assisted Metal Deposition
Early Developments of AM within the UK
Laser Deposition of Metallic Powders
Laser Engineered Net Shaping - AM Metal Parts with Exceptional Material Properties
Making Things Bit-by-byte: Opportunity in a Fortuitous Convergence of Technologies
Pioneering International Consensus
Process Fundamentals for Selective Laser Melting: Power Ratio, Melting, Porosity, and Build Properties

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