Glossary Term: 3D printing

3-Dimensional Printing also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of compiling thin layers of material, generally polymers or metals to produce a 3-dimensional structure with ease. Designs are rendered in a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) or other 3D software. These designs can then be printed layer by layer producing intricate shapes and designs that would prove challenging or impossible when done by hand.

3D printing has streamlined prototyping making it possible to rapidly produce and scale models. This allows designers and engineers to turn ideas into physical prototypes and efficiently concept test those designs.

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