Metamorphic Manufacturing: The Third Wave of Digital Manufacturing

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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Meet the Study Team
Glenn Daehn, Study Team Lead
Mars G. Fontana Professor of Metallurgical Engineering
The Ohio State University
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John Allison
William F. Hosford Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Michigan
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Suresh Babu
Governor’s Chair of Advanced Manufacturing
University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Rick Barto
Senior Manager
Lockheed Martin
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Elizabeth Bilitz
Metallurgy Manager
Finkl Steel
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David Bourne
Principal Scientist
Carnegie Mellon University
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Jian Cao
Cardiss Collins Professor
Northwestern University
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Kester Clarke
Assistant Professor
Colorado School of Mines
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Johnnie J. DeLoach Jr.
Division Head, Materials
U.S. Naval Surface Warefare Center, Carderock Division
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Ed Herderick
Director, Additive Manufacturing
The Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence
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John Lewandowski
Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering II
Case Western Reserve University
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Tresa Pollock
Alcoa Professor of Materials
University of California, Santa Barbara
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Tony Schmitz
Professor
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Howard Sizek
Branch Chief
U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
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A. Erman Tekkaya
Professor
Technical University of Dortmund
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