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Three Major 3D Printing Technologies

3IDEA TECHNOLOGY Imagine | Create | Print Idea THREE MAJOR 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES 3D printing is sometimes referred to as Additive Manufacturing (AM). In 3D printing, one creates a design of an object using software, and the 3D printer creates the object by adding layer upon layer of material until the shape of the object is formed. FUSED DEPOSITION MODELING • Most widely used form of 3d printing • Parts built by melting and extruding thermoplastic filament • Parts printed layer by layer • Works with a range of thermoplastics, e.g., ABS, PLA • Low on cost, resolution & accuracy STEREOLITHOGRAPHY (SLA) • First 3d printing technology, invented in 1980s • Parts are built by photopolymerization: Lasers are used to cure liquid resin into hardened plastic • Highest resolution, accuracy & smooth surface finish • Used mostly for industry, e.g. Manufacturing, Healthcare, Jewelry, Education • Process is sensitive to long UV light exposure la E ENTAME NI aan SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING (SLS) • Most commonly used in additive manufacturing Parts have rough surface finish • Parts are built by fusing small particles of polymer powder fused together by hi-powered lasers • Best suited for complex geometries & strong functional parts • Limited material options for printing r r Contact - Email: [email protected] • Website

Three Major 3D Printing Technologies

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3D printing has come a long way since it's origin in the 1980s. A variety of technological advances have transformed it into a technology that now has applications for a host of industry and household...


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