Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, is a process for making parts by joining materials layer by layer. While formerly reserved mainly for producing sample or prototype parts, the technology has evolved over the years to enable manufacturers to make fully-functional production parts for automotive, aerospace, medical and a wide range of other markets. Additive Manufacturing encompasses a range of technologies, among them laser sintering, fused deposition modeling, stereolithography and more. Additive manufacturing processes that use fiber reinforcement typically employ discontinuous fibers, although there are several technologies coming onto the market that allow the application of continuous fiber reinforcement.
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