Additive manufacturing (AM) is poised to transform how we design, develop, and manufacture products. Across the world, companies are recognizing the compelling value of AM and making major investments to realize lightweight aircraft and automotive components, customized medical devices, high-performance tooling, and countless other applications. Yet, AM today is still at the infancy of its potential impact. Soon, AM will enable products with unforeseen performance and unite a digitally-driven production workflow that rapidly deploys advances in materials, process technologies, and computational tools. New and conventional manufacturing technologies will converge into flexible, distributed manufacturing networks that enable responsive production with reduced cost and risk.
The MIT Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies (ADAPT), launching in 2017, aims to accelerate the implementation of AM and to invent its future. As such, ADAPT convenes its members and MIT experts with a mission to: perform visionary research, continually and critically assess the status of AM technology and its potential, enable confident projection of value propositions, and build resource and talent networks. Taken together, these activities enable ADAPT’s members to implement process, product, and business model innovation and to leverage AM in tandem with the rapidly changing digital manufacturing infrastructure that includes robotics, advanced materials, and computational intelligence.