3D Printing Primer

A Survey of Technologies and Principles

3D Printing Primer

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Whether you know them as "rapid prototyping," "additive manufacturing," or some other buzzword, the processes, technologies, and tools of 3D printing are developing at such a rapid pace that it's easy to be overwhelmed or confused by the ever-increasing range of options. This report helps demystify the field of 3D printing, by outlining the strengths and liabilities of the different types of processes that are currently available, along with an indication of advancements to be on the lookout for in the near future.

Because there are many ways to "3D print" an object, this report focuses on distinctions between the various methods (including lithography-based methods, robot-controlled extrusion methods, powder-bed methods, and a few more exotic processes), providing examples of each process in the commercial, consumer, and DIY/open source markets. Rather than promote or endorse a particular make or model of 3D printer (or type of printer), the purpose of this survey is to help identify the right type of printer for particular uses, narrowing the field to a more manageable number of candidates. You'll also learn about concerns and limitations that apply to all methods,

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David Saint John

David Saint John

Dr. David B. Saint John is a researcher, educator, and technophile currently performing post-doctoral research in additive manufacturing methods at the Penn State Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D). He has guided students and faculty in the construction of over 30 open source 3D printers and the repair of many commercial 3D printing systems, and he is currently assisting industry groups in their adoption/application of methods for the additive manufacturing of metal components. His broader interests include transformative technologies beyond additive manufacturing including Nanotechnology and Cryptocurrency (e.g. Bitcoin).