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Policy needed for additive manufacturing

The successful adoption of metallic additive manufacturing in aviation will require investment in basic scientific understanding of the process, defining of standards and adaptive regulation.

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Figure 1: Ni-based superalloy (Inconel 718) turbine blades for jet engines produced by direct laser metal sintering, a form of metallic additive manufacturing (MAM).


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Work on which this Commentary is based was supported by Carnegie Mellon University and the CMU–Portugal Program, as well as by funding from the Portuguese Science and Technology Fund (FCT), under project reference CMUP-ERI/TPE/0011/2013. The views expressed are those of the authors.

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Bonnín Roca, J., Vaishnav, P., Fuchs, E. et al. Policy needed for additive manufacturing. Nature Mater 15, 815–818 (2016).

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