3D Printing Glossary
Getting around to understanding all the different elements of 3D printing can be challenging. There are many sources of information and getting a full picture is often time-consuming. In keeping with our mission statement – “For those who create” – at easy3D we have attempted to make a 3D Printing Glossary which encompasses all the major terms, processes, and elements of 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
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Last updated on: June 29, 2017
Additive manufacturing in opposition is to say forming technologies, like casting or molding.
3D printing (abbreviated as 3DP) is an additive manufacturing umbrella term for the process of creating a physical object from a 3D model by adding material layer by layer. The 3D printing method is the opposite of the subtractive manufacturing approach of milling or machining where material is strategically removed from a larger block of raw material. There are many different 3D printing technologies such as FDM, SLA, DLP, SLS, SLM, EBM, LOM, ColorJet, PolyJet, and other technologies, which are closely related to them.