A few different processes involved here, sometimes under the umbrella of what's called rapid prototyping.

  • SLS (Selective Laser Sintering): laser is used to bond thermoplastic or metallic powder in successive layers.
  • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM): plastic is extruded, a layer at a time, to form an object.
  • Stereolithography (SLA): laser is used to solidify a liquid photopolymer in pattern, forming a layer.


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Probably a category of its own as it is suited specifically for the experimenter or home do-it-yourselfer. While it is really at an early stage, it is evolving rapidly. It will need tweaking and attention to actually produce something.

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