I've been chatting with individuals about this, and would love more feedback from you all about this topic. While my design and modeling for 3D printing book focuses on the most common modes of affordable 3D printer types for my book, i'm trying gauge the level of interest potential readers may have in detailed exploration of the other major AM/3D printing modes (in the direction of design/material considerations for using the options).
It has been my opinion that these topics might be interesting to readers, but then again -- i'm probably more fascinated about this stuff than most of my readers will be!
To date, I have focused my attention on:
- FFF (plastic and paste-based extrusion)
- SLA + DLP,
- adding a bit at a time the range of options currently available to consumer-facing 3D printing services
Below is a rough list that I threw into my outline a long time ago for a dedicated chapter on the core technologies involved with additive manufacturing to put the machines I feature in my book in context.
Please take a look at this simple chapter outline and let me know:
- What types you consider missing,
- What isn't that interesting to you
- and your opinions about what terms are best when talking generally about these discreet "families" and "subfamilies" within the overall AM paradigm. There are just so many language and terms fights in this field!
"Additive Manufacturing” overview
- AM/3D Printing - A general term for a diverse (sometimes distant) family of additive manufacturing techniques.
- Material Extrusion (FDM/FFF)
- Material Jetting (Objet, Solidscape, 3D systems)
- Binder jetting (Z-corp, Voxeljet)
- Sheet lamination (LOM, PLT)
- Vat photo polymerization (SLA, DLP)
- Powder bed fusion (SLS, SLM, EBM)
- Direct Energy Deposition
- There are New methods arriving, old methods falling out of favor every few years.