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A Comprehensive Review of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing): Processes, Applications and Future Potential

Santosh Kumar Parupelli1 and Salil Desai1
  • 1 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, United States

Abstract

Additive manufacturing (AM) also known as 3D printing is a technology that builds three-dimensional (3-D) solid objects. Customized 3D objects with complex geometries and integrated functional designs can be created using 3D printing. A comprehensive review of AM process with emphasis on recent advances achieved by various researchers and industries is discussed. Summary of each 3D printing technology capabilities, advantages and limitations is provided. This article reviews significant developments of 3D printing applications in different fields such as electronics, medical industry, aerospace, automobile, construction, fashion and food industry.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 16 No. 8, 2019, 244-272

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2019.244.272

Submitted On: 23 July 2019 Published On: 9 October 2019

How to Cite: Parupelli, S. K. & Desai, S. (2019). A Comprehensive Review of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing): Processes, Applications and Future Potential. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 16(8), 244-272. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2019.244.272

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Keywords

  • 3D Printing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Applications
  • Innovation
  • Processes