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From Additive Manufacturing to 3D/4D Printing 2: Current Techniques, Improvements and their Limitations, Volume 2

ISBN: 978-1-78630-120-8
350 pages
November 2017, Wiley-ISTE
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Additive manufacturing, which was first invented in France and then applied in the United States, is now 33 years old and represents a market of around 5 billion euros per year, with annual growth of between 20 and 30%. Today, additive manufacturing is experiencing a great amount of innovation in its processes, software, engineering and materials used. Its strength as a process has more recently allowed for the exploration of new niches, ranging from applications at nanometer and decameter scales, to others in mechanics and health.   As a result, the limitations of the process have also begun to emerge, which include the quality of the tools, their cost of manufacture, the multi-material aspects, functionalities and surface conditions.

Volume 2 of this series presents the current techniques, improvements and limits of additive manufacturing, providing an up-to-date review of this process.

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Incremental Innovations and Technologies Pushed to their Limits

1. Incremental Developments of Processes, Machines and Materials.

Part 2. Additive Manufacturing Pushed to its Limits

2. μ-Fluidics (or Microfluidics).

3. 3D Nanomanufacturing,
 3D μ-Electronicsand μ-Robotics.

Part 3. How Should We Go That One Step Further?

4. A Short Reflection on Spheres to Explore Their Conditions for Achieving Success.

5. Questions of Hope and “Unhope”.

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