NSF Workshop on Frontiers of Additive Manufacturing Research and Education

July 11 - 12, 2013, Hilton Hotel Gallery Ballroom, Arlington, VA

Downloadable Workshop Report

Other sister workshops: 2014 NSF Workshop on Environmental Implications of Additive Manufacturing

2016 NSF Workshop on Additive Manufacturing for Health

Workshop Objective

The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum for disseminating information and sharing ideas about the frontiers of additive manufacturing (AM) research, education, and technology transfer. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a suite of computer automated technologies to fabricate three-dimensional structural and functional parts, usually layer by layer, from metallic, plastic, ceramic, electronic, biological, and composite materials based on computer aided design (CAD) models. The workshop will discuss the current state-of-the-art and future potential of AM, analyze the gaps between the future potential and the current status, and identify what needs to be done in the areas of research, education, and technology transfer in order to close the gaps.

Workshop Overview

The workshop will consist of four sessions, each for half a day, as follows:

Each session will include three presentations, each of them given by an expert to introduce the state-of-the-art of a specific AM area and to share his/her view on the future directions and needs in that area. The three presentations will be followed by a discussion on the theme with participation of all workshop attendees.

Intended Workshop Attendees