3D Printing: Additive Manufacturing Explained in Two Dimensions

3D printing allows the creation of the parts you need and the items you want, instead of settling for for “cookie cutter” off the shelf items. Not everyone has a Maker Shop nearby, or the type of materials they need to print in the way they want. One solution for this, is Shapeways, a marketplace that allows you to request what you need or upload your own plans and have it printed with the right tools (right type of printer) and right materials.

The additive manufacturing process employed by 3D printers allows for rapid prototyping of pieces and parts that can be used in many different applications. Shapeways is able to print in many different materials including plastic, metal and porcelain. Take a look at the infographic below to learn a bit more about the processes used by Shapeways to make designs come to life!

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