Additive manufacturing, is also named as Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), is defined by ASTM as the "process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies, such as traditional machining.
According to a recent Defense News article that Department Of Defense(DoD) is embracing additive manufacturing. That makes sense since the new technology can provide more flexibility than the massive prodution, especially when the quantities that DoD needs are basically low. Additive manufacturing can also used to replace parts which is worn out, and this saves a lot of costs.
Boeing is a subcontractor on a Defense Department program to implement DDM technology. According to Boeing spokesperson Daryl Stephenson, "In the future, we expect to be using additive manufacturing for components on both military aircraft and commercial airplanes." "It really is the future of the commercial world and it will be the future of the defense manufacturing as well," he said.
Source: Defense News
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