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3D printing families

Laser, powder, nozzle based techniques

Elena Provaggi and Deepak M. Kalaskar,    University College London, London, United Kingdom

Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) printing describes a process where the raw material, in a form of powder, liquid or solid filament, is deposited layer-by-layer to build up a physical 3D object. The aim of this chapter is to provide a comprehensive overview of the 3D printing techniques suitable for medical applications. Here we highlight the main innovations and breakthroughs achieved in the past three decades and categorize the additive manufacturing technologies available into resin-, powder-, extrusion-, and droplet-based systems. Additionally, this chapter discusses the recent technological ...

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