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Additive Manufacturing? 3D Printing? What’s the Difference?

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by The Technology House

Both terms have regularly been in the news recently.  But is there a difference in terminology, or are both terms synonymous?

The difference between 3d printing and additive manufacturing…

Generally speaking, both terms mean the same.  It is the equivalent of one saying automobile and car. People in the industry generally prefer additive manufacturing while the general public generally prefers 3D Printing.  Defining a difference between the two is like splitting hair….or like splitting filament.  You shouldn’t be bogged down on the two terms. The technology has made great advancements since its inception, and it will be exciting to see how it advances.

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