What is Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing is a fabrication method that produces an object from a digital file, a CAD virtual model. It is commonly known as 3D printing. The process is contrary to most conventional methods wherein material is added rather than removing it. Conventionally, a lathe or cutting machine - CNC for example -, would slowly and precisely remove waste material one layer at a time.
Additive manufacturing consists of fusing material one layer at a time. From nothing to a complete part without the need of machining other than post processing support removal, surface finish and features that require augmented accuracy, fit, and tolerance. These industrial devices are very capable in delivering accurate product, satisfying high expectation for fit and tolerance.