3D Printing is the New Black

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There has been a lot of discussion around 3D Printing this year as it evolves from a prototyping tool to a manufacturing solution and expands its presence into new industries.

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is the process of creating a three-dimensional solid object from a digital design.  The digital model is sliced into many layers (layers are thinly sliced, horizontal cross-sections of the future object) and descriptions of the slices are sent to the 3D printer to create the respective layers exactly to specification.  The layers are then combined in a number of ways to create a 3D object.

Main 3D Printer Technologies

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is the process of creating three-dimensional objects by fusing small particles of plastic, metal, ceramic, or glass powders using a laser.  The laser scans the cross-sections of the object generated from a CAD file or scan…

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