Additive Manufacturing

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Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, rapid prototyping or freeform fabrication, is ‘the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies’ such as machining.

A good basic introduction could be found in the following link:

https://www.3dhubs.com/knowledge-base/additive-manufacturing-technologies-overview