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Costs and Cost Effectiveness of Additive Manufacturing
(Douglas S. Thomas, Stanley W. Gilbert)
Economics of the U.S. Additive Manufacturing Industry
(Douglas S. Thomas)
Felipe Brewer (Editor)
Series: Mechanical Engineering Theory and Applications
The use of additive manufacturing has increased significantly in previous years. Additive manufacturing is used by multiple industry subsectors, including motor vehicles, aerospace, machinery, electronics, and medical products. Currently, however, additive manufactured products represent less than one percent of all manufactured products in the U.S.
As the costs of additive manufacturing systems decrease, this technology may change the way that consumers interact with producers. Additive manufacturing technology opens up new opportunities for the economy and society. It can facilitate the customized production of strong light-weight products and it allows designs that were not possible with previous manufacturing techniques. This book provides aggregate manufacturing industry data and industry subsector data to develop a quantitative depiction of the U.S. additive manufacturing industry.