CHAPTER 3

Intelligence Technologies

3D Printing

Introduction

3D printing—also known as additive manufacturing and shown in ­Figure 3.1—turns digital 3D models into solid objects by building them up in layers. The technology was first invented in the 1980s, and since that time has been used for rapid prototyping (RP). However, in the last few years, 3D printing has additionally started to evolve into a next-generation manufacturing technology that has the potential to allow the local, on-demand production of final products or parts thereof.

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Figure 3.1 3D Printing

Already it is possible to 3D print in a wide range of materials that include thermoplastics, ...

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