Focus on Advanced Additive Manufacturing: From Fundamentals to Applications

Guest editors

Yong Yang City University of Hong Kong, China
Yanfei Gao The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Pei Feng Central South University, China


Advanced manufacturing holds a crucial position in socioeconomic development, high-technology incubation, entrepreneurship, workforce development, and various other areas. The transition from subtractive to additive manufacturing, the shift from hard materials to soft, bio, nano, and smart materials, and the progression from laboratory curiosity to field applications have all contributed to the rapid development of advanced additive manufacturing science and technology. This field has witnessed numerous paradigm-shifting breakthroughs and unprecedented discoveries. However, the pursuit of extreme applications and the necessity for multi-disciplinary research and development call for a unified effort from the academic community to identify pressing challenges and propose suitable directions to address these challenges that emerge daily.

This Focus Issue aims to showcase the advancements and developments in advanced additive manufacturing, ranging from fundamental principles to practical applications, with an emphasis on material-related issues in alignment with the technical scope of Materials Futures.


Topics of interest include (but not limited to):

·         Development of printing materials, including polymers, ceramics, metals, and composites

·         Enhancing the additive manufacturing capabilities of printing materials

·         Investigating deformation and failure in printing materials, such as creep, diffusion, relaxation, fracture, glass transition, and oxidation

·         Exploring 2D/3D/4D printing technologies and bioprinting techniques

·         Examining micro- and nano-joining technologies

·         Applications of additive manufacturing in various fields, such as 3D integrated circuits, biomedical engineering, aerospace engineering, consumer products, and more.


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Focus issue articles are subject to the same review process and high standard as regular Materials Futures articles and should be submitted in the same way. Peer review will be organized immediately upon receipt of the submission and will be published online once it is accepted.

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Articles should be submitted via the online submission form, selecting "Advanced Additive Manufacturing: From Fundamentals to Applications" in the "Select Special Issue" drop down box that appears.

Submission deadline:

June 30, 2024

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All articles in Materials Futures are published on an open access basis. Article publication charges are waived for authors until 2024.

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