Back to the Future: Revisiting AM Predictions from 2012
Additive manufacturing (AM) has rapidly evolved since its inception, and investment in AM technology has flourished in both the public and private sectors. This article, the second and final in this series, illustrates some appropriate applications that have already affected or could affect forging processes and markets.
In Part 1 of this article, I drew on the notion of time travel from the 1985 movie Back to the Future to explore the accuracy of predictions made in my article from the August 2012 issue of FORGE. Without the fictional flux capacitor, which enabled time travel in the DeLorean time machine used in the movie, we will continue this analysis of the predictions regarding AM prototyping and forging and AM short-run production and forging. We will also briefly touch on die repair. We will explore how these industries will have to compete and complement each other by delivering value in the future.