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3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot by Matthew B. Stokes

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Applications of 3D printing

From examination of SLA, SLS, and FDM, we can generalize the concept of 3D printing to be an additive manufacturing process that takes a digital model, slices the model into layers, attaches material onto a platform following the cross-section of the model, and lastly, drops the platform, repeating the process of laying material until the 3D model has been recreated.

The first commercial 3D printers were intended for use in rapid prototyping. By incorporating 3D printing into the design life cycle, engineers could reduce both time and cost between product revisions. SLA, SLS, and FDM can be considered the base models for more highly specialized printers that have developed since the 1990s, including Direct Metal Deposition ...

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