The final step toward quality in additive manufacturing

Analyzing and fixing problems on the fly in AM can smooth out defects, variances

By Prahalada Rao

Humankind knows three ways to make things: Eroding away material from a bulk raw material to create a shape, called subtractive manufacturing or machining; changing the shape of a bulk material by either rolling, forging, extrusion, casting and the like, called formative manufacturing; and joining bits of material to make the final shape, called additive manufacturing or 3D printing.

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