Additive Manufacturing / 3D-printing Info pages
These info pages contain general information about AM / 3D-printing materials, methods and industry fields where AM is being used. The pages are not exhaustive, for example only some industry fields are covered.
Additive Manufacturing has multiple commonly used names like 3D-printing and Rapid Prototyping.
The best term for the manufacturing methods is Additive Manufacturing, as all or even most of the manufacturing methods are not similar to printing processes.
The general principle for AM is that material is added layer by layer. Commonly the manufacturing process advances trough different steps like in the picture below. First a 3D-model is created, which is sliced to layers and then the 3D-printer manufactures the parts from said layers. The main steps of 3D-printing are visible on the next picture.