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What is 3D printing? The definitive guide

Written by Paul

November 5, 2018

Learn all you need to know about 3D printing in 30 minutes or less. Whether you are just getting started or you’re an experienced engineer, you’ll find this guide packed with useful tips and information – updated for 2018. Part 1 The Basics What is 3D printing? How does it work? What are its key benefits and limitations and main industrial applications? Here, we answer all these questions and examine how 3D printing compares to traditional manufacturing to help you understand the current state of the technology. How does 3D printing work? Every 3D printer builds parts based on the same main principle: a digital model is turned into a physical three-dimensional object by adding material a layer at a time. This where the alternative term Additive Manufacturing comes from. 3D printing is a fundamentally different way of producing parts compared to traditional subtractive ( CNC machining ) or […]


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