Industry faces the dual challenge of introducing new materials into products of the future and assuring that current materials meet performance requirements. Both of these challenges require a better fundamental knowledge of materials joining and additive manufacturing. This requires a multidisciplinary approach that occurs at the intersection of the joining and manufacturing processes and the materials' reaction to its environment. Aspects of manufacturing and joining processes, materials science, and structural design must be considered in this multi-disciplinary approach.
Ma2JIC continues to have a significant impact on innovation, competitiveness, and the sustainability of fabrication, welding, and additive manufacturing. Industry members of Ma2JIC have realized increased productivity, reduced overall costs, and higher quality components and structures.