The distance between End User and Tier 1, Tier 2 manufacturers is particularly short, for the Additive Manufacturing Industry.
recommend listening to this interview to Paul Gradl, from NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
It makes clear how an AM End User can be the hands-on driver for new materials and processes development.
The conversation on additive manufacturing should focus on when and where it should best be used – and not just because of the hype surrounding it. Complex parts and materials not previously possible are great use cases when applied intentionally and with proper methodology. NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been leading areas of new alloy development, new AM processes, and proving new propulsion concepts are feasible using additive manufacturing. We have been working to mature the supply chain across industry while integrating academia for fundamental AM process understanding. We sat down with Matt Ferrell from Undecided recently and here is a summary video.
Full interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxPglBs4JZo