Digital manufacturing has enabled the creation of complex parts with high accuracy. While the first two waves of digital manufacturing — computer numeric control (CNC) machining and additive manufacturing—have driven manufacturing forward, they lack the ability to impart simultaneously low buy-to-fly ratios (reduced raw materials loss) and tailored material properties associated with incremental deformation techniques.
Metamorphic manufacturing is a new innovation under development that attempts to overcome this barrier by combining the incremental deformation of a metalsmith with the precision and control of intelligent machines and robotic systems. The goal of Metamorphic Manufacturing: The Third Wave of Digital Manufacturing, a new technical report organized by TMS on behalf of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) Manufacturing Institute, is to help jump-start this potentially disruptive technology.
A particular focus of this project is to identify key barriers to implementation and adoption, as well as developing specific recommendations to overcome them. The team of internationally recognize experts convened for this project have pooled their insights, knowledge, and expertise to ensure an impactful final report and recommendations. Metamorphic Manufacturing: The Third Wave of Digital Manufacturing is scheduled for release in March 2019.
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