Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a broad term referring to several technologies including 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), layered manufacturing and additive fabrication. AM describes technologies that build and model 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer plastic, metal, concrete or other materials. Using 3D computer modeling software (Computer Aided Design or CAD), machine equipment and layering material, AM equipment reads in data from the CAD file and lays downs or adds successive layers of liquid, powder, sheet material or other, in a layer-upon-layer fashion to fabricate a 3D object.

Recent Publications


The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) | July 10, 2020

Innovation and Its Discontents: National Models of Military Innovation and the Dual-Use Conundrum

Amy J. Nelson

Dr. Amy J. Nelson's Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) Report explores variations in national models of innovation, as well as the pathways or levers those models afford in controlling innovation’s end product. This report focuses on dual-use. The report uses case studies of both U.S. and German investment in artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing to highlight national approaches to innovation.