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3D Printing

3D printing is a process that creates physical objects from digital models. In product design, 3D printing allows for rapid prototyping, enabling designers and engineers to test and refine design concepts quickly. This quick turnaround can lead to faster time-to-market for new products and improved product quality. 3D printing can also be used for low-volume production runs and the creation of custom, one-off parts. In recent years, technology has advanced to the point where it can produce end-use products with high accuracy and repeatability.

multi jet fusion printed object

Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)

Multi-jet Fusion (MJF) is an additive manufacturing technique invented by Hewlett-Packard that fuses powdered materials into a solid object using heat and a binding material.

Stereolithography (SLA)

Stereolithography is an additive manufacturing technology that builds three dimensional models layer-by-layer using a laser to cure liquid resin.


Selective Laser Sintering

Selective laser sintering uses a laser to melt and fuse fine polymer particles of material to create 3D objects.


3D Printing

The fundamental principle of 3D printing is that it fabricates a 3d object directly from a 3D model by adding layer by layer of material and fusing them.

Rapid prototyping

Rapid prototyping is the process of quickly creating a preliminary version of the product to evaluate the design and its functionality


Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing technology or 3D printing is type of technology that uses successive layers of material to create 3D objects

Powder Bed Fusion

Powder bed fusion is an AM technique that uses either laser, thermal energy or electron beam to melt and fuse the material to form a 3D part

Electron Beam Melting (EBM)

In Electron beam melting, metal powder is melted and fused layer by layer using a high electron beam to create a 3D part.

Vat Photopolymerization

Vat Photopolymerization is AM technology that produces 3D objects by curing photopolymer liquid resin using light waves.

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Fused deposition modeling is an additive manufacturing technology that creates 3D components using a continuous thermoplastic or composite material thread in filament form.

Material Jetting

Material Jetting is one of the 7 types of Additive manufacturing technologies in which droplets of material are selectively jetted and cured to form part

Binder Jetting

Binder Jetting is an Additive Manufacturing process in which a binding liquid is selectively deposited to join powder material together to form a 3D part

Rapid prototyping process selection

5 key factors that should be considered when selecting a rapid prototyping process for NPD are Purpose, Quality, Quantity, Complexity & Cost