David W. Rosen

David W. Rosen
Engineering Product Development Pillar Singapore University of Technology & Design and
The George W.Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering,
Georgia Institute of Technology

Title : Additive Manufacturing: Processes and Trends


Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies enable the fabrication of parts and devices that are geometrically complex and can have complex material compositions and functionalities. The field has changed tremendously in the past 10 years and is arguably changing even faster today. Hence, it is imperative to understand the trends that are likely to define the next 5-10 years of progress in the AM industry and research.To set the stage, a brief survey of AM processes, materials, and capabilities will be presented. Some of the trends to be highlighted include the fast pace of growth as measured by the size of the AM market. Up until recently, AM machine vendors and service bureaus were small companies ‐ not anymore with the likes of GE and HP getting into the market. The adoption of AM as a production technology, in contrast to prototyping, has accelerated in recent years, as has the growth of the consumer side of the business. An interesting trend is the adoption of technologies and hardware from the machine tool industry, which will accelerate the usage of AM as a production technology. Size ranges have expanded tremendously, from sub-micron dimensions to buildings.Technologies for multiple materials and real-time sensing and controls have emerged that can drastically impact the field. Finally, we are seeing major moves by software vendors to upgrade their products to include AM related considerations. Taken together, the future of AM promises to be even more exciting than the past decades.


David Rosen is a Professor in the Engineering Product Development pillar at the Singapore University of Technology & Design, as well as a Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (on leave). He is the Research Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre at SUTD. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in 1992 in mechanical engineering. His research interests lie at the intersection of design, manufacturing, and computing with specific focus on additive manufacturing (AM), computer-aided design, and design methodology. He has industry experience, working as a software engineer at Computervision Corp. and a Visiting Research Scientist at Ford Research Laboratories. He is a Fellow of ASME and has served on the ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division Executive Committee. He is the recipient of the 2013 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award and the co-author of a leading textbook in the AM field.