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3D Printing

3D Printing is an incredibly interesting field used for industrial processes and hobbyists alike.

Types of 3D Printers and Processes

If you are home user chances are that you will either be using an FDM or Resin Printer ( SLA / MSLA / DLP ). FDM printers are the most common and are what you would typically think of first when you think of 3D printing.

Here is a big table of 3D printing technologies. Many sources have ambiguous definitions, leave information out, or are sometimes completly inaccurate. We’ve gathered what we can to compile the most complete and accurate list that 3D printing processes that we could. It may still need fixing or updates and will be fixed / expanded as we find new information.

Type

Acryonym

Technology

Description

Material Jetting

DOD

Drop On Demand or Continuous (Single or Multi nozzle) Particle Deposition

PolyJet

NPJ

NanoParticle Jetting

Material extrusion

FDM / FFF

Fused Deposition Modeling / Fused Filament Fabrication

FDM is a Stratasys trade name

FGF / FPF

Fused Granulate Fabrication / Fused Pellet Fabrication / Fused Particle Fabrication

CFF

Composite Filament Fabrication

basically FDM with two print nozzles

Robocasting

MIG Welding 3D Printing

DIW

Direct Ink Writing

EAM

Extrusion based Additive Manufacturing of Metals

EAC

Ceramics

CFF

Composite Filament Fabrication

Light polymerized ( Resin Printing )

SLA / SL

Stereolithography

Light source used to cure resin

DPP

Daylight Polymer Printing

LCD 3D printing

DLP

Digital Light Processing

projector cures resin

CLIP

Continuous Liquid Interface Production

MSLA

Mask Stereolithography

SLA with mask

Powder Bed

EBM

Electron-beam melting

SLM

Selective laser melting

fully melted

SHS

Selective heat sintering

SLS

Selective laser sintering

partially melted

DMLS

Direct metal laser sintering

subcategory as SLS

DMLM

Direct Metal Laser Melting

subcategory of SLM

LPBF

laser powder bed fusion

same as SLM

Binder Jetting

3DP

Binder Jetting

Powder bed and inkjet head

Like Binder Jetting

MJF

Multi Jet Fusion

Laminated

LOM

Laminated Object Manufacturing

SDL

Selective Deposition Lamination

DED - Directed Energy Deposition

EBF3

Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

Wire

LDW

Laser Deposition Welding

Powder

EBAM / EBM

Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing / electron-beam melting

Wire / Powder

Aerosol Jet Technology

LENS

Powder