Why “Additive Manufacturing” and not “3D printing” ?

We think term 3D printing can easily mislead to the assumption that it is
only one technology that can process any material.

Additive Manufacturing (AM) describes seven groups of different technologies which
enable to create three dimensional objects straight from virtual models usually created by
using  computer aided design data (3D CAD).
Parts can be created from different materials.
Polymers, metals, ceramics and even
living cells can be processed. Usually it is only
one material  being processed at a time.

ASTM F2792-12a categorize the technologies
in seven technology groups:

Material extrusion

Vat Photopolymerisation

Material jetting

Binder Jetting

Powder bed fusion

Direct energy deposition

Sheet lamination




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