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Manufacturing the Past, Present, and Future

NSF has shaped additive manufacturing for decades. What is behind the 3-D printing revolution? How is large-scale manufacturing going high-tech? What research will form advanced manufacturing's future?

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Students in classrooms across America use 3-D printers every day to learn and experiment. Robotic components can be easily combined in different ways to perform different functions. At the very small scale, programmable materials can even assemble themselves with remarkable precision.

Tailored Healthcare

The human body is the most complex biological structure in the known universe. Yet, engineers are pursuing customized replacement parts, rapid design of cancer treatments, and personalized drug delivery for the sick and injured in the future.

Video: The engineering behind additive manufacturing and the 3-D printing revolution

3-D printing and other additive manufacturing techniques give engineers and enthusiasts new options.

Related Websites: is a "one-stop shop" for news and information on advanced manufacturing programs.

NSF Directorate for Engineering invests in fundamental research and technological innovation to create economic growth and a better quality of life nationwide. offers a fact sheet on America's investments in manufacturing.
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