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3D Printing in Medicine and Healthcare

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Lychee Slicer® vs. Chitubox® - Software Comparison

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9 Steps on How To Set Up a 3D Printer

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Metal 3D printed aircraft turbine. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Sergii Chernov

8 Metal 3D Printing Applications

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Binder jetting metal powder. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MarinaGrigorivna
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vapor smoothed 3D printed parts, each in a different color.
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3D printed jet engine. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/asharkyu

3D Printing Aerospace Structural Components

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3D printed turbine propeller. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Matveev Aleksandr

3D Printing Aerospace Interior Components

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Laser sintering. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MarinaGrigorivna
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3D printing PETG. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/R_Boe
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3D printed jet turbine fan. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/SHINPANU
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ESD Safe Materials for 3D Printing

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How To Create 3D-Printed Molds for Casting

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Maximum Print Sizes for 3D Printed Parts

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The 6 Steps in How to Prepare STL Files

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3D printed prototype. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Jose Barradas

What Is the Strongest 3D Printer Filament?

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Resin 3D printing. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Pixel B
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Superalloy turbine blades. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Artem Bruk
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Top 5 Design Tips for Nexa3D LSPc

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3D printed house. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Matjazz

11 Best 3D Printers for House Construction

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3D printed propeller. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Matveev Aleksandr
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Gantry system for 3D printing. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Stokkete
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3D bioprinted organ and tissue. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Iaremenko Sergii
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Binder jetting. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Kidut29
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Jet engine. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/andrewvect
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Gantry 3D printer system. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/R_Boe

Robotic Arm vs. Gantry System for 3D Printing

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Robotic arm. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/asharkyu
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3D printed dental bridge. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Andy Dean Photography
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3D injection molds. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/GERMANJUNCA
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3D printing house. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/guteksk7

3D Printing Technology for Construction

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Carbon fiber fabric. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Composite_Carbonman
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Copper and aluminum heat sinks. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Flegere
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Direct energy deposition. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Zyabich
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3D jet engine. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/asharkyu
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3D printed aerospace component. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Sergii Chernov
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Carbon fiber composite. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/sema srinouljan
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3D printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Alex_Traksel
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3D printer hotend. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/CobraCZ
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an illustration of the selective laser sintering 3D printing process
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Heat sink on mainboard of computer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/manfredxy
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Heat radiator with copper heat pipes. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/teh_z1b
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Compressive test bulk modulus. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Tohsurat
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3D printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Alex_Traksel
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Brittle low carbon steel. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/bartu
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Spring compressive stress test. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/sspopov
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Ways to prevent heat creep in 3D printing. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/FabrikaSimf

10 Ways To Prevent Heat Creep in 3D Printing

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Ductile iron pipes. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/mayank96
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Copper heat pipes. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Dmitry Kalinovsky
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Rope being torn apart in the middle. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Haoka
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Simple Charpy impact test. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Ali Balayev
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Tensile and yield strength testing. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Tohsurat
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Concrete cube compression test. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Zubair Rashid
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3D printing white object. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Sergi Lopez Roig
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Tensile test on metal. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Thaweesak Thipphamon

What Is Stress-Strain Curve?

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Compression test of concrete cube. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Zubair Rashid
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Low carbon steel that has been applied fracture test. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/bartu
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Engineer working on CAD software on desktop. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Gorodenkoff

OpenSCAD vs. FreeCAD - Software Comparison

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Low carbon steel that has been applied fracture test. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/bartu
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Hand holding ductile pipe gasket. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/pamir
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Standard hardness testing block. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Kimtaro
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Close up of tear point on sheet foil package. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MMXeon
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Striking standard size test pieces for impact test. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Thaweesak Thipphamon
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Tensile test for Young's Modulus. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Thaweesak Thipphamon
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Worker using heat gun to bend electric PVC pipe. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/BaLL LunLa
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Testing metals for tensile. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Sergey Ryzhov
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Worker operating guillotine shears machine. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Dmitry Kalinovsky
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Close up of a 3D printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Alex_Traksel
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Chamfering process with the metal plate parts. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Pixel B
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Flexural strength test in industrial construction. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Mrs_ya
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Impact strength test. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Thaweesak Thipphamon
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Engineers working with CAD software. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Gorodenkoff
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Designer working with CAD file. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/FERNANDO BLANCO CALZADA

Revit® Vs. AutoCAD® - Software Comparison

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A clear polyjet part after polishing and clear coating.

Achieving Clarity With Polyjet

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15 Best STL File Converters

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Metal 3D printer in action - Image Credit: Shutterstock/asharkyu

10 Best Metal 3D Printers on the Market Today

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Blue 3D printed sneaker. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/asharkyu
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Red 3D printed object. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/guteksk7

Fusion® vs. Onshape® - Software Comparison

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SketchUp logo on computer screen. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/monticello
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SolidWorks logo on a computer screen. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/monticello

CREO vs. Solidworks® — Software Comparison

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Engineer working with CAD software. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Gorodenkoff

10 Best STL Editors

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Dual extruder 3d printer printing two objects. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Reflexpixel

5 Best Dual Extruder 3D Printers

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3D printer printing small yellow house. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Artshake Media

5 Best Cheap 3D Printers

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AutoCAD logo on computer screen. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/monticello
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3D printed object made with resin. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Pixel B

8 Best Resins for 3D Printers

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Close up of engineering using CAD software. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Gorodenkoff
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3D printing file type icons. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/aiconsmith

9 Most Common 3D Printing File Types

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Macro photo of wood 3D printing filament. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Jack Soldano
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Engineer working on CAD software. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Gorodenkoff
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3D printed object in MSLA resin. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Tanasara
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3D printing software on a screen. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Oleksiy Mark

22 Best Free 3D Printing Software

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3D printer printing an object. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Sergi Lopez Roig
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3D printing software. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/cigdem

10 Most Important 3D Printing Slicer Settings

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Thin sheets of rolled up paper. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Sashkin
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3MF file type icon. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/IYIKON
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Dark gray file icon. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Mr.Creative
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Purple file icons. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Pendimarfuad Adv
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AMF file type icon. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/IYIKON
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Red 3D printing filament. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Sahara Prince
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Multi-colored filaments for 3D printing. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Eywa
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3D printed figure. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Reflexpixel
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PVA vector illustration. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/petrroudny43
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Nylon spools. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Andrey Sasin
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Plastic filament for 3D printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/vchal
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PETG vector illustration. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/petrroudny43
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White PET chips. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/RecycleMan
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Red polypropylene granules on a white background. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Anastasiia Burlutskaia
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Magnetic iron 3D printing filament. Image Credit: www.amazon.com
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Laser cutting on wooden plank. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Skylines
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DIY 3D printer extruder design. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Ulas Tigin

5 Best 3D Printer Extruders

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CAD software on a computer screen. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Gorodenkoff
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File conversion icon. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/vectorchef
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Large inkjet printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Mumemories
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Multicolored filaments of plastic for 3D printing. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MarinaGrigorivna

Types of 3D Printer Filaments

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Yellow 3D printed object. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/asharkyu
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CAD software on desktop computer. Image Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock.com

10 Best Slicer Software for 3D Printing

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Object printed in 3D. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/asharkyu
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.STL file extension. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Profit_Image

Complete Guide to 3D Printing STL Files

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STL file name. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Profit_Image
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Plastic propeller turbo made from automatic 3d printer - Image Credit: Shutterstock/Surasak_Photo
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Dual extruder 3d printer producing two bicolor egg model - Image Credit: Shutterstock/Reflexpixel

DXF to STL: How to Convert DXF to STL Files

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Models printed on 3D printer isolated on white background. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MarinaGrigorivna

Material Jetting: Applications and Process

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PLA plastic for 3D printing. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Yushchuk Myroslava
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EBM 3D printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Moreno Soppelsa
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DXF file icon. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/IYIKON

All About DXF File Format for 3D Printing

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White 3D printing piece. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Sergi Lopez Roig
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Extruder machine. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Forance
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Digital Light Processing 3D Printer in Action - Image Credit: Shutterstock/luchschenF
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OBJ file format icon. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Iconstar

All About OBJ File Format for 3D Printing

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3D printing software. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Gorodenkoff

10 Best 3D Printing Software for Beginners

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3D printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Alex_Traksel

25 Best 3D Printer Upgrades

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File conversion. Image credit: Shutterstock.com/AdresiaStock

OBJ to STL: How to Convert OBJ to STL Files

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3D printed metal piece. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/sspopov

4 Best Materials for Metal 3D Printing

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3D printer filament spools. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Sashkin
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Industrial 3D Printing of Car Wheel in Action. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Go_Stock
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3D printer additive manufacturing and robotic automation technology. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/asharkyu

7 Different Types of Additive Manufacturing

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3D printing machine in lab. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Studio Peace
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3D printer manufacturing gray gears. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/R_Boe
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3D-printer makes bright green shoe sole from flexible plastic filament - Image Credit: Shutterstock/R_Boe
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Three-dimensional object created by high-precision 3D printing technologies - Image Credit: Shutterstock/MarinaGrigorivna
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A 3D printer in action - Image Credit: Shutterstock/Aasharkyu

TPE vs. TPU: Differences and Comparison

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PLA and ABS filament for 3D printing. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/luchschenF

PLA vs. ABS: Differences and Comparisons

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Object printed on metal 3d printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MarinaGrigorivna

DMLS vs. EBM: Differences and Comparison

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3D printer printing metal. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MarinaGrigorivna

EBM vs. SLM: Differences and Comparison

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Red 3D printed object. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/asharkyu
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Dental technician modeling frame for implant production from a 3d printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/asharkyu
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Stereolithography 3D printer in process. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/asharkyu
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3D printing food concept. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Angelina Zinovieva
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Researchers discussing 3D printed prosthetics. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Frame Stock Footage
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Stack of colorful 3D printer filaments. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/cigdem

PETG vs. PLA: Differences and Comparison

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Large Format 3D Printer in Action - Image Credit: Shutterstock/Aasharkyu

ABS vs. PETG: Differences and Comparison

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3D printer printing metal. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MarinaGrigorivna

PolyJet vs. SLS: Differences and Comparison

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3D prototype. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MarinaGrigorivna

FDM vs. MJF: Differences and Comparison

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Object printed in laser sintering machine. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MarinaGrigorivna

DMLS vs. SLM: Differences and Comparison

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Multicolored filaments for plastic 3D printing. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MarinaGrigorivna

FDM vs. DLP: Differences and Comparison

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3D printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/Pixel B
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Object printed on metal 3d printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MarinaGrigorivna

DLP vs. SLS: Differences and Comparison

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Metal 3D printing. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/MarinaGrigorivna

SLS vs. DMLS: Differences and Comparison

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3D printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/leungchopan

PolyJet vs. SLA: Differences and Comparison

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An FDM 3D printer. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/R_Boe