A subset of additive manufacturing that refers to smaller, less expensive machines that are small and light enough to operate on a standard table.
A type of vat photopolymerization additive manufacturing where a projector under a transparent build plate shines ultraviolet light onto the build layer, which is against the transparent build plate. The part is then pulled upward so that a new layer of liquid fills between the build plate and the part, and the process is repeated. […]
The material in a part that is created by mixing multiple base materials as each layer of the part is created. The mix of materials, and therefore the material properties, can vary across a given layer from layer to layer. Digital materials allow the creation of very specific material properties when a part is being […]
The manipulation of CAD geometry by pushing, pulling, or cutting surfaces in a way that replicates the manual sculpting of material in the real world. Some feel this is a more intuitive and artistic way to modify geometry compared to bottom-up, feature-based, or Boolean geometry creation and manipulation.
A type of powder bed fusion additive manufacturing where a laser beam is used to melt powder material. The beam is directed across the top layer of powder. The liquid material solidifies to create the desired part. A new layer of powder is placed on top, and the process is repeated. Also called laser powder […]
Another name for direct laser melting. Abbreviated as DMLM
Another name for direct laser melting. Abbreviated as DMLS
An additive manufacturing process where metal powder is jetted or wire is extruded from a CNC controlled three or five axis nozzle. The solid material is then melted by an energy source, usually a laser or electron beam, such that the liquid metal deposits onto the previous layers (or build plate) and then cools to […]
Distortion is the deflection of a part from the shape created by the additive manufacturing process. The distortion can be caused by a variety of loads placed on or inside the part by the additive manufacturing process or the surrounding environment.
A mathematical process where the distance from the as-built geometry to the CAD defined geometry is subtracted from the build geometry to create a new part definition that, when built, will more closely represent the desired dimensions.
Abbreviation for direct laser melting.
Abbreviation for digital light synthesis.
Abbreviation for direct metal laser melting.
Abbreviation for direct metal laser sintering.
Abbreviation for electrical discharge machining.