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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) will create a searchable database of additive manufacturing projects and components. The project is supported by funding from America Makes, a Manufacturing USA and Department of Defense innovation institute with more than 200 members from industry, academia, government, nongovernment agencies, and workforce and economic development resources.
Additive manufacturing uses 3D printing (or rapid prototyping) to build an item by layering materials for a custom, computer-generated design. Users include those in the aerospace, medical, and manufacturing industries.
An April 2021 report from Lux Research said the additive manufacturing industry is expected to grow to $51 billion by 2030.