Defense Horizon 73: Toward the Printed World: Additive Manufacturing and Implications for National Security

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By: Connor M. McNulty, Neyla Arnas, and Thomas A. Campbell

The purpose of this paper is to provide a general introduction to additive manufacturing (AM), commonly called “three-dimensional’ or ’3D’ printing, for nontechnical readers through a survey of the recent history and the current state of technology. Included in this paper is a brief review identifying key individuals and organizations shaping developments as well as projected trends.