August 2013

Additive Manufacturing – A New Tool in the Manufacturing Toolbox Part 2

HOW DOES ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING WORK?
I guess I would trace the origins of Additive Manufacturing (3-D Printing) back to August of 1977, when Canon engineer Ichiro Endo discovered thermal inkjet printing, where a computer algorithm guided the placement of thermally-induced ink droplets to form an image on paper. This discovery has gotten a lot of mileage in the world, and we take for granted that when we send a file to our printer from a computer, we get a precise representation of the image, in two dimensions, in full color!

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