Additive Manufacturing

Create three-dimensional objects from digital models by depositing layers of material on top of each other.

What is Additive Manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing, is a process of creating three-dimensional objects by adding material layer by layer, based on a digital model or CAD (Computer-Aided Design) file. This stands in contrast to traditional subtractive manufacturing methods where material is removed from a solid block to create the desired shape.

The process of Additive Manufacturing typically involves the following steps:

Design: Creation of a digital 3D model using CAD software or by 3D scanning an existing object.
Preparation: The digital model is sliced into thin horizontal layers using specialised software.
Printing: The printer interprets the sliced layers and deposits material, often plastic, metal, ceramic, or composite, layer by layer according to the design.
Post-processing: Depending on the specific additive manufacturing technology used, the object may require additional processing such as curing, polishing, or support removal.

Additive manufacturing has numerous advantages including the ability to create complex geometries, reduce material waste, produce customised objects, and enable rapid prototyping. It finds applications across various industries including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, and consumer goods. Common additive manufacturing techniques include Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), among others.

The benefits of Additive Manufacturing

Creation of unique and tailored products

Additive manufacturing allows for the creation of unique and tailored products that match the specific needs and preferences of customers or users.

Reduce the need for machining

Additive manufacturing uses less material and energy than subtractive methods, as it only deposits material where needed and reduces the need for machining and finishing.


Explore new designs

Additive manufacturing enables the exploration of new designs and concepts that can push the boundaries of science and engineering.

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