Lasers in additive manufacturing

Pinkerton, Andrew John (2016) Lasers in additive manufacturing. Optics and Laser Technology, 78 (Part A). pp. 25-32. ISSN 0030-3992

[thumbnail of AJP - Lasers in Additive Manufacturing - PostPrint]
PDF (AJP - Lasers in Additive Manufacturing - PostPrint)
AJP_Lasers_in_Additive_Manufacturing.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs.

Download (401kB)


Additive manufacturing is a topic of considerable ongoing interest, with forecasts predicting it to have major impact on industry in the future. This paper focusses on the current status and potential future development of the technology, with particular reference to the role of lasers within it. It begins by making clear the types and roles of lasers in the different categories of additive manufacturing. This is followed by concise reviews of the economic benefits and disadvantages of the technology, current state of the market and use of additive manufacturing in different industries. Details of these fields are referenced rather than expanded in detail. The paper continues, focusing on current indicators to the future of additive manufacturing. Barriers to its development, trends and opportunities in major industrial sectors, and wider opportunities for its development are covered. Evidence indicates that additive manufacturing may not become the dominant manufacturing technology in all industries, but represents an excellent opportunity for lasers to increase their influence in manufacturing as a whole.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Optics and Laser Technology
Additional Information:
This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Optics and Laser Technology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Optics and Laser Tecnology, 78, Part A, 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.optlastec.2015.09.025
Uncontrolled Keywords:
?? additiverapidmanufacturinglasersreviewelectronic, optical and magnetic materialsatomic and molecular physics, and opticselectrical and electronic engineering ??
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
04 Apr 2016 12:46
Last Modified:
15 Jul 2024 15:51