2/28/2019 - Study Released on a Revolutionary New Manufacturing Technology

Media Contact:
Ashley-Anne Bohnert
Outreach & External Communications Lead
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
Telephone: 1–724–814–3188

February 28, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA (USA): The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) has released the first of its kind study on metamorphic manufacturing: Metamorphic Manufacturing: Shaping the Future of On-Demand Components.

Metamorphic Manufacturing follows computer numerical control (CNC) machining and additive manufacturing as potentially the next wave of digital manufacturing, by combining the incremental deformation of a metalsmith with the precision and control of intelligent machines and robotic systems.

The goal of Metamorphic Manufacturing: Shaping the Future of On-Demand Components, is to help jump-start this potentially disruptive technology. The study was conducted by TMS on behalf of the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) manufacturing institute. It convened a team of internationally recognized experts to identify key challenges and needs and make specific recommendations for addressing them, in order to help enable full development and widespread adoption of this technology.

The study will be formally released at the TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas where its authors will be available for questions and conversation on their thought provoking new study. The session will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Henry B. González Convention Center. Media Passes are available for the session. Personal interviews with study recipients can be arranged upon advance request.  

The study is available for free download as of March 7, 2019, at www.tms.org/MetamorphicManufacturing.


 The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a professional society that connects minerals, metals, and materials scientists and engineers who work in industry, academia, and government positions around the world. TMS creates networking, publication, and professional development opportunities by convening international conferences, publishing books and journals, administering awards, and developing standards for the professions it serves. TMS currently supports more than 13,000 professional and student members in 94 countries on six continents. For more information on TMS, visit www.tms.org.