The Trajectory of Additive Manufacturing

MIT professor John Hart offers a comprehensive overview of the present and future 3D printing landscape, covering advances in processes, materials, and, crucially, the distribution of knowledge around 3D printing. Additive manufacturing has a role in every step of the product lifecycle, with broad implications for the design and capabilities of nearly any kind of product.
John Hart

John Hart is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mitsui Career Development Chair at MIT. Prior to joining the MIT faculty in July 2013 he was Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Art/Design, at the University of Michigan. He has Ph.D. (2006) and S.M. (2002) degrees from MIT, and a B.S.E. (2000) degree from Michigan, all in Mechanical Engineering. At MIT, John leads the Mechanosynthesis Group, which creates new machines, materials, and design principles for advanced manufacturing, including carbon nanomaterials, additive manufacturing processes, and origami-inspired materials design.

John is a co-founder of Desktop Metal and is the founding director of MIT's Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies.


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