Sharon L.N. Ford


This article explores the development and application of additive manufacturing as well as initiatives in the United States and other countries to advance it. It also examines the technology’s effect on firm and industry production activities, as well as the potential implications for U.S. manufacturing competitiveness focused in three industries. It concludes that the most significant factors affecting the potential of additive manufacturing to contribute to U.S. competitiveness are developing standards, improving the selection and affordability of materials, and increasing the accuracy and reliability of equipment and processes.