Opportunities for Lighter Weight and Lower Total Cost Component Manufacturing

  • Jim WilliamsEmail author
  • Brian Post
  • Lonnie J. Love
  • Craig Blue
Part of the Indian Institute of Metals Series book series (IIMS)


This paper describes how a relatively new manufacturing technology known as additive manufacturing (AM) can enable creation of more mass efficient components when compared to those created by conventional or subtractive manufacturing (SM). An important element in the use of AM is re-thinking the design approach when completely new shape possibilities are enabled. Similarly, creative use of AM also can enable significant part count reduction. In order to make the case for the potential of AM, the more common AM processes are described and illustrated. As with any new technology, there come challenges during the reduction to practice phase of AM. Some of these challenges have been addressed and solved. Others are a work in progress and the approach to possible solutions to some of these is described.



Three of the authors (LJL, BP and CB) acknowledge support from the U. S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office. We also gratefully acknowledge the excellent editorial support of Katherine Gaul.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Williams
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Brian Post
    • 3
  • Lonnie J. Love
    • 3
  • Craig Blue
    • 3
  1. 1.The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.University of North TexasDentonUSA
  3. 3.Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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