|Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing III
In spite of the media and market enthusiasm additive manufacturing (AM) still has not achieved its full potential. Most of industrial devices created by AM, also known as 3D printing, are mock up models or prototypes made to test functionality. The main reason for this underperformance is lack of wide range of suitable materials for AM that comply with industrial requirements for most applications. Another hurdle is the inability of 3D printers to handle multiple materials simultaneously, especially significant in manufacturing composites. Today the majority of R&D efforts undertaken by academia and industry are focused in addressing these issues by expanding the range of suitable material, enabling printers to handle a larger set of materials, and making printers capable of handling multiple materials simultaneously. This issue of Baverstam Newsletter covers some of the recent developments in material and devices suitable for AM, as well as AM methods and processes that expand application of this technology.