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Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is the construction of a three-dimensional object from a CAD model or a digital 3D model. It can be done in a variety of processes in which material is deposited, joined or solidified under computer control, with material being added together, typically layer by layer.
The interdisciplinary Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (AMS) Additive Manufacturing IDP program mirrors the Manufacturing USA® America Makes additive manufacturing institute, combining the fields of advanced manufacturing, computer science, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. With hands-on laboratory classes and sound theoretical coursework, this four-year professional undergraduate program will prepare you for an innovative career in advanced manufacturing.
In December 2014, Congress passed the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI Act) into law, which gave Congressional authorization to establish a network of manufacturing innovation institutes with technology emphasis of highest importance to the nation. Today, these breakthrough technologies are leading us into a Fourth Industrial Revolution that is fusing the physical and digital worlds.
Manufacturing USA® is the national network created by 16 manufacturing innovation institutes (sponsored by either the U.S. Department of Commerce, Defense, or Energy) which bring together member organizations from manufacturers of all sizes, academia and government to work on major research and development projects relevant to industry and train people on advanced manufacturing skills.
This large-scale approach to manufacturing innovation is paving the way for the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies and processes across the U.S. industrial base, giving rise to new industries and creating exciting, well-paid manufacturing jobs.