Here's part of the content - you would like to know it all? Delve into this book today!..... : Some methods use melting or softening material to produce the layers, e. g. selective laser sintering (SLS) and fused deposition modeling (FDM), while others lay liquid materials that are cured with different technologies, i. e. stereolithography (SLA).
...The RepRap project aims to produce a free and open source software (FOSS) 3D printer, whose full specifications are released under the GNU General Public License, and which can print many of its own parts (the printed parts) to create more machines.
...Although fabrication has included methods that are essentially additive for centuries (such as joining plates, sheets, forgings, and rolled work via riveting, screwing, forge welding, or newer kinds of welding), it did not include the information technology component of model-based definition; and the province of machining (generating exact shapes with high precision) was generally a subtractive affair, from filing and turning through milling and grinding. For example, an encyclopedia article on threading today mentions both additive and subtractive methods as well as various integrations of the two, whereas an article on the same topic 20 years ago would not have contained the words additive and subtractive and would probably not have mentioned any additive techniques at all (let alone naming and differentiating them via use of those labels).
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Inside the Guide: 3D Printing, Z Corporation, Threading (manufacturing), Ted Noten, Stratasys, Stereolithography, Shapeways, Selective laser sintering, Sculpteo, STL (file format), Rapid prototyping, Powder bed and inkjet head 3d printing, Polyphenylsulfone, Polylactic acid, Photopolymer, Open source, Objet Geometries, Model-based definition, MakerBot Industries, Laminated object manufacturing, In vitro meat, History of printing, Gear, Fused deposition modeling, Electron beam melting, Direct metal laser sintering, Defense Distributed, CandyFab, Additive Manufacturing File Format, 3D scanner, 3D Systems