3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing - What's the Difference?

All3DP | January 24, 2019

3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing - What's the Difference?
Are 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM) the same thing? In general, we know that terms stretch over time to include more than just their default meanings. Most of us carry digital entertainment supercomputers around in our pockets and call them phones.
Whatever the name, new ways of fabricating directly from bytes to stuff are radically changing the what, where, how, and when of making objects. What roles, then, do the two terms additive manufacturing and 3D printing play in describing new ways of making?
When MIT invented binder jet printing in the 1980s, they wrote three-dimensional printing is a process under development at MIT for the rapid and flexible production of prototype parts, end-use parts, and tools directly from a CAD model.

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