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The Definitive Guide to 3D Printing

The Definitive Guide to 3D Printing

Written by David

September 11, 2018

This article answers the following questions related to 3D printing: What is 3D printing? How does it work? What are its important advantages and drawbacks and main industrial applications? The article also compares 3D printing with conventional manufacturing to help understand the prevalent state of the technology. How Does 3D Printing Work? Each and every 3D printer develops parts based on the same main principle — one layer of material is added at a time to transform a digital model into a physical three-dimensional object. This is why the process gets its alternative term additive manufacturing. Fundamentally, 3D printing is a different method for producing parts than conventional subtractive (CNC machining) or formative (injection molding) manufacturing technologies. Special tools (for instance, a cutting tool with specific geometry or a mold) are not required in 3D printing. Rather, the part is produced directly onto the built platform layer-by-layer, resulting in […]


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