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The Advantages and Disadvantages of 3D Printing

The Advantages and Disadvantages of 3D Printing

Written by David

February 22, 2019

Back to top 3D printing has seen a huge boom in recent years. Let’s break down the advantages and disadvantages of 3D printing compared to traditional manufacturing processes. A standard FDM system mid-print. Source: All3DP Additive manufacturing now defines a large branch of industrial (and hobby) systems for creating new parts and products. More commonly referred to as 3D printing, most systems in this category are characterized by their layer-by-layer method of building a part. There are notably some differences between individual systems, with 10 types of 3D printing existing today. However, the main differences between these and more typical industrial processes can be broken into categories: Speed defines how fast a given part can be manufactured from design to finish. Cost is the average amount of funding needed to create a single part. Quality is a realistic measure of how perfect and precise a part can be made. […]


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