This video returns to America Makes and engages industry experts Dr. Amy Elliott and Kevin Collier, in a discussion of key issues that they see as needing attention over the next several years, in order for additive manufacturing to continue its development as a value-adding technology for businesses.
- Hi there, welcome back, and welcome back to America Makes. In this segment, I'm joined once again by Kevin Collier and Dr. Amy Elliott, from America Makes, and Oak Ridge National Lab, and for this segment, we're really going to start to depart from the current day, and look to the future. And what that means is trying to develop an understanding of what the key obstacles are, or enablers are, that need to be created, to allow additive manufacturing to continue to flourish and grow as a core technology for businesses to deliver value.
I thought we'd do that by asking Kevin and Amy each to share with us a couple of the key issues that additive manufacturing faces as a technology. Kevin, I'd like to begin with you. What do you see as the big barriers that need to fall in order for this technology to progress? - Well, I think first and foremost, is the cost of the machines currently and the materials. As more machines, as the technology flourishes, or starts to permeate more of the vertical industries, more machines will.
- What is additive manufacturing?
- Working with light-activated polymers
- Resin printing
- Modeling and extruding materials
- Fusing, melting, and sintering
- Binder jetting
- Laminating sheets
- Developing a product
- Shaping the direction of tooling
- Evolving a supply chain
- Evolving a product
- Evolving a business model