David Pechter is a member of All3DP’s Content Academy and contributing writer for All3DP.com.
If you do it in your garage, it's "3D printing". If it's used to build a car, it's "additive manufacturing"? Where's line between these two terms? Let's see if we can't find it.
CNC is a computer controlled fabrication technique and about 30 years older than 3D printing. Fast, accurate, and versatile, it belongs in the advanced maker's toolkit.
We remember Gutenberg as the inventor of movable type and Edison as the inventor of the light bulb. Each made critical advancements, but each had important predecessors as well. And so it was with 3D printing.
Gears are a great thing to 3D print! Gear designs are surprisingly complicated, but with the right tools, models, and materials, you'll soon be on your way.
The new industrial-strength power in additive manufacturing is here: HP's Multi Jet Fusion. Take a look at how it works and why it's a game-changer for 3D printing.
There's more to solid modeling, a cornerstone of computer-aided design, than meets the eye. Beyond the drawing, a solid model offers details that enable computer analysis and rapid prototyping like 3D printing and CNC machining.