Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is the process of creating products by layering materials until a complete 3D object is created. The process can transform digital design data and turn it into physical object using materials, such as plastic, metal, ceramic, concrete. chocolate and even human tissue.
AM has the potential to revolutionize the way products are developed, manufactured and delivered, as well as the quality of life for consumers.
This breakthrough technology is not new – it has been in use for over 30 years and is already changing the way companies manufacture their products. AM has already proved to be a key factor in putting Britain at the top of global manufacturing
[source: Manufacturing Technology Centre]