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Current and Future 3D Technologies

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3D Printing Technology Categories

3D Printing Processes (as defined by ASTM International)

Images and information adapted from Loughborough University’s additive Manufacturing Research Group

Binder Jetting

A process in which a liquid bonding agent is selectively deposited to join powder materials

Directed Energy Deposition

A process in which focused thermal energy is used to fuse materials by melting as they are being deposited.

Material Jetting

The process in which droplets of build material are selectively deposited.

Material Extrusion

The process in which material is selectively dispensed through a nozzle or orifice.

Powder Bed Fusion

The process in which thermal energy selectively fuses regions of a powder bed.

Vat Photopolymerization

The process in which liquid photopolymer in a vat is selectively cured by light-activated polymerization.

Sheet Lamination

The process in which sheets of material are bonded to form a part.

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