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Additive vs. Subtractive Manufacturing

Additive vs. Subtractive Manufacturing

Written by David

January 26, 2019

Additive manufacturing processes build objects by adding material layer by layer, while subtractive manufacturing removes material to create parts. Though these approaches are fundamentally different, subtractive and additive manufacturing processes are often used side by side due to their overlapping range of applications. It can initially be difficult to understand how to make the most of each type of technology to optimize product development and manufacturing. Both have cases where it makes sense to use one approach over the other, for example, one process can be more useful for a certain production volume, or at a specific stage of product development. In this guide, we’ll be taking a closer look at the various additive and subtractive manufacturing techniques and applications to help you decide how to leverage them for your own processes. Subtractive Manufacturing Subtractive manufacturing is an umbrella term for various controlled machining and material removal processes that […]


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