Additive Manufacturing definition

3Diligent Industry 4.0 Encyclopedia​

Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing uses data computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D object scanners to control hardware to deposit material, layer upon layer, in precise shapes. As its name implies, additive manufacturing adds material to create an object. 

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