Additive manufacturing (AM) is poised to transform how we design, develop, and manufacture products. Across the world, industry is recognizing the compelling value of AM and making major investments toward applications including high-performance aircraft and automotive components, customized medical devices, advanced tooling, and more. Yet, AM is still at the infancy of its impact. Soon, AM will be used to create products with unforeseen capabilities and will unite a digitally-driven production workflow that rapidly deploys advances in materials, process technologies, and computational tools. New and conventional manufacturing technologies will converge into flexible, distributed manufacturing networks that enable responsive production with reduced cost and risk.
The MIT Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies (APT) aims to accelerate the implementation of AM and to invent its future. As such, APT convenes its members and MIT experts with a mission to: perform visionary research, continually and critically assess the status of AM technology, develop model-based decision tools and open strategic frameworks, build a vibrant academic-industry network including MIT students, and accelerate critical AM education initiatives for professional audiences. Taken together, these activities enable APT’s members to implement process, product, and business model innovation and to leverage AM in tandem with the rapidly changing digital manufacturing infrastructure that includes robotics, advanced materials, and computational intelligence.