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What Exactly is 3D Printing?


The concept of creating 3D objects with a computer, even thirty years ago, was considered science fiction.  Sure, characters on Star Trek could “replicate” objects seemingly out of thin air, but that kind of technology wouldn’t be around for hundreds of years, right?


            Welcome to the Future. 

            Welcome to Replicator World.

            This magazine is meant as a portal into the cutting edge industry of 3D printing.  What exactly is 3D printing, you might ask.  It is an additive form of manufacturing technology where a 3D object is created by building upon successive layers of material.  3D printers are generally faster, easier to use, and more affordable than other additive manufacturing technologies. 

            On top of that, 3D printers also offer product developers the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process.  This allows these developers to use this groundbreaking technology in such diverse fields as jewelry, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, education, geographic information systems, civil engineering, and many others.     

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