Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation: a new forum for the exchange of information to integrate materials, manufacturing, and design engineering innovations
Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, 45433, USA
Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation 2012, 1:1 doi:10.1186/2193-9772-1-1Published: 11 June 2012
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A number of contemporary studies have concluded that the research and engineering activities across materials, manufacturing, and product design need to be more closely coupled to enable responsive product innovation and delivery [1-3]. The recurrent themes in these studies point out that the fields of materials and manufacturing must strive to become more quantitative and predictive and have to reshape and integrate their engineering practices and outputs to better synchronize with product design engineering frameworks. This philosophy is strongly embraced by a relatively new discipline known as Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) which seeks to accelerate the development and deployment of advanced materials . The complexities and opportunities of a fully engaged global research and manufacturing enterprise and the rapid speed of present day product design cycles demand a new ICME-based paradigm for how we work, collaborate, and share knowledge.