When you hear the phrase “additive manufacturing,” you probably think of 3D printing — and rightfully so, as the two are essentially the same. From there, however, it can get a little more complicated: What are the benefits of additive manufacturing? What types of products is it best for, and when should it be used? What role does it play in the general manufacturing landscape today and in the future?
We’ve put together this additive manufacturing guide to shed a bit more light on the details, capabilities and potential of the process. To start, let’s look at the origins of the name itself.