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Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing

3D Printing is any of various additive manufacturing processes used to make a three-dimensional object.  In 3D printing, successive layers of material are laid down under computer control.  These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced from a 3D CAD model or other electronic data sources.

These parts are usually used as prototypes to aid in the design process of new products for a wide variety of industry applications.

Typical 3D Printing Processes:

  • Light Polymerised: SLA (Stereolithography), Inkjet printer systems like the Objet PolyJet
  • Extrusion: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)
  • Granular: SLS (Selective Laser Sintering), DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering)