3D printing

Commonly used to describe all rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing processes, 3D printing (3DP) is also the name of a specific rapid prototyping process, in which prototypes are created from layers of fine plaster, corn starch or polymer powder, bonded together with a liquid adhesive deposited onto the powder from an inkjet print head. Methods of 3D printing using ceramic powders and metal powders have also been developed.

Additive manufacturing (AM)

The making of product components using additive rapid prototyping processes. May be referred to as additive layer manufacturing (ALM), solid freeform fabrication or 3D printing.


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