What is Additive Manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing (AM) refers to manufacturing methods that build up 3D objects by adding materials layer upon layer. Objects manufactured can be of almost any shape or geometry. Materials used can be metal, (thermo)plastic, ceramic, or sometimes…..chocolate. 

You can see additive manufacturing as a ‘from-the-bottom-up’ method. It is also referred as:

  • Additive layer manufacturing
  • Layer manufacturing
  • Additive fabrication
  • Additive processes
  • Additive techniques