When you think of manufacturing, a certain image may come to mind of American men and women — perhaps in grease-stained overalls — hard at work in factories. You can practically smell the sweat and burning steel. You can hear the hiss of steam valves, the roar of exhaust fans, and the clanking of tools. In contrast, 3D printing might seem more like something only hobbyists replicating miniatures and artists creating sculptures use. But today 3D printing is used across industry — for manufacturing parts for cars, constructing homes, and producing customized prosthetics. If traditional forms of manufacturing work, why are companies like Caterpillar, ExxonMobil, and Volkswagen turning to 3D printing?
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Advanced Manufacturing International (AMI) has been awarded a $2M grant