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Using Additive Manufacturing to Reduce the Cost of Instrument Development

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Project Introduction

Additive Manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3D printing, is widely used in the commercial sector for the manufacture of consumer goods, high performance parts for custom applications, and aerospace parts.  Goddard Space Flight Center has used AM only sparingly.  For AM to be used effectively a new design, manufacture, and testing process is needed that will reduce scientific instrument development costs, exploit the inherent advantages of AM while accommodating the disadvantages.

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