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Overview of current additive manufacturing technologies and selected applications

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Three-dimensional printing or rapid prototyping are processes by which components are fabricated directly from computer models by selectively curing, depositing or consolidating materials in successive layers. These technologies have traditionally been limited to the fabrication of models suitable for product visualization but, over the past decade, have quickly developed into a new paradigm called additive manufacturing. We are now beginning to see additive manufacturing used for the fabrication of a range of functional end use components. In this review, we briefly discuss the evolution of additive manufacturing from its roots in accelerating product development to its proliferation into a variety of fields. Here, we focus on some of the key technologies that are advancing additive manufacturing and present some state of the art applications.

Keywords: 3D PRINTING; ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING; DIRECT DIGITAL MANUFACTURING; RAPID PROTOTYPING; SOLID FREEFORM FABRICATION

Document Type: Review Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3184/003685012X13420984463047

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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