Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Summer 2013


Timothy Anderson

Course Title

Engineering Management Synthesis

Course Number

ETM 590


3D printing technologies have undergone a rapid change over the last 30 years from Charles Hull’s Stereolithography to the first low cost 3D printer entering home use. This technology has improved on many fronts including three-dimensional parts layer by layer, functional organs, and actual working prototypes and model printing. Developments of new faster cheaper ways of manufacturing are critical to the ever evolving medical, industrial, and science industries. It requires many years of research and effort. In order to stay competitive and advance, it is critical to establish a roadmap of future technologies. This paper uses a framework to characterize, assess, and forecast the 3D printing technologies. A DEA-based methodology was used for determining the state-of-the-art (SOA) in future 3D printing technologies.


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