Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is more commonly known as ‘3D printing’ which is the process of using digital 3D design data to build components in layers by depositing material. These depositing materials are available in a powder form and are built up in layers (instead of the traditional method of milling from a solid block). Materials that can be used in additive manufacturing (also known as AM) include metal, concrete, plastic and clay with high hopes that, one day, AM will allow for printing of human materials. Additive manufacturing is widely used in the process of prototyping, particularly rapid prototyping. Industries that benefits from rapid prototyping via additive manufacturing include automotive, dental, medical and even fashion.

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  1. Direct Metal Laser Sintering
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    Direct metal laser sintering (also known as DMLS) uses lasers to metal or weld powered metal to create a solid structure. It is widely used by the automotive, space and aircraft industry, as well as medical and dental since it requires no special tool and can create metal pieces in a matter of hours.

  2. Electron Beam Melting
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    Electron beam melting uses an electronic beam to weld metal powder or wire. In this case, the electron beam works as a heat source which is why it’s important to select EBM machine with high power availability (like 30- and 42-kilowatt systems).

  3. Fused Deposition Modelling
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    Fused deposition modelling is also commonly known as FDM and is a form of additive manufacturing (or 3d printing) widely used in applications of modelling, production and prototyping by a wide variety of industries including automotive, space and aircraft industry, as well as medical and dental.

  4. Selective Laser Sintering
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    Selective laser sintering (SLS) is a form of additive manufacturing (or 3D printing). The process works by aiming a laser at pre-programmed (usually by CAD) points in space to create a solid structure that is used in automotive, space, and aircraft industries, as well as medical and dental.

  5. Stereolithography
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    Stereolithography is a form of 3D printing technology that is used to create models, patterns, prototypes and production parts. Stereolithography (also known as SLA, SL, resin printing, optical fabricating and stereolithography apparatus) is primarily used in medical modelling and prototyping.

  6. Other
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    Other products that didn't quite fit into any of the above categories.

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