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A series of articles for designers to compare the design requirements and materials for different 3D printing technologies.


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What is FDM 3D printing?
Get to know the basics of Fused Deposition Modeling, also known as FDM 3D printing. Learn why this 3D printing technique is so affordable, and why it is an excellent choice for quick, low-cost prototyping. Delve into FDM materials and the advantages and disadvantages for designers and engineers alike. 
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Introduction to SLA 3D Printing
What is SLA 3D printing?
Get to know the basics of stereolithography, also known as SLA 3D printing. Find out why the original 3D printing technique is still so popular and cost-effective, learn about how SLA printing works and its parameters, and discover which materials and options will best suit your 3D-printed part or project.
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HP MJF vs. SLS: A 3D Printing Technology Comparison
HP MJF vs. SLS: A 3D printing technology comparison
In this article we compare critically HP's Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) with Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) in terms of accuracy, materials, cost and lead time. We cover the current state-of-the-art to help you choose the right technology for your application.
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Introduction to Material Jetting 3D Printing
Introduction to material jetting 3D printing
In this introduction to Material Jetting 3D printing, we cover the basic principles of the technology. After reading this article you will understand the fundamental mechanics of the Material Jetting process and how these relate to its benefits and limitations.
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Introduction to Metal 3D printing
Introduction to metal 3D printing
In this introduction to metal 3D printing, we cover the basic principles of SLM and DMLS. Learn the fundamental mechanics of SLM and DMLS and how these relate to the key benefits and limitations of 3D printing.
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What is rapid prototyping?
Rapid prototyping uses 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing processes to quickly develop 3D parts or assemblies for research and development and/or product testing. This is most commonly carried out through additive manufacturing. Rapid prototyping techniques allow a designer to develop multiple iterations of a prototype without the additional cost or time that comes with using traditional manufacturing and design techniques.
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Introduction to Binder Jetting 3D printing
Introduction to binder jetting 3D printing
In this introduction to Binder Jetting 3D printing, we cover the basic principles of the technology. After reading this article you will understand the fundamental mechanics of the Binder Jetting process and how these relate to its benefits and limitations.
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Industrial FDM vs. Desktop FDM
Industrial FDM vs. desktop FDM
FDM technology is used by both low-cost desktop 3D printers as well as high-end industrial 3D printers. This article will help you select the right type of machine for your application.
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Industrial SLA/DLP vs. Desktop SLA/DLP
Industrial SLA/DLP vs. desktop SLA/DLP
SLA/DLP technology is used by both low-cost desktop 3D printers as well as high-end industrial 3D printers. This article will help you select the right type of machine for your application.
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Introduction to CNC machining
Introduction to CNC machining
Learn the basic principles and fundamental mechanics of CNC machining and how these relate to its key benefits & limitations.
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Introduction to Injection Molding
Introduction to injection molding
In this beginner's guide to Injection Molding, we cover the basic principles of the technology. After reading this article you will understand the fundamental mechanics of the Injection Molding process and how these relate to its key benefits & limitations.
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