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3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a process by which physical objects are created by depositing materials in layers based on a digital model. All 3D printing processes require software, hardware, and materials to work together.
3D printing technology can be used to create everything from prototypes and simple parts to highly technical final products such as airplane parts, eco-friendly buildings, life-saving medical implants, and even artificial organs using layers of human cells.
Advances are rapidly being made to make 3D printing technology reliable for mass manufacturing production-grade parts, and scientists and inventors are finding new ways to apply 3D printing technology every day.
Introducing Ember, the first open source, production quality 3D printer. Ember uses high resolution digital light processing SLA technology. Print detailed parts with an accuracy of 25 microns for a smooth surface finish. As part of an open 3D printing platform, Ember can work with a variety of resins.
How do 3D printers work?
Learn about the four main 3D printing technologies: fused deposition modeling, stereolithography, direct light processing, and selective laser sintering.
Printing a safer earbud for music lovers
A pioneer of the first in-ear monitors for professional musicians, Asius Technologies used 3D printing to create an earbud that acts more like the human eardrum.
3D printing in filmmaking
Why Hollywood loves 3D printing.
Designing jewelry with Fusion 360 and Ember
See how a pendant went from a CAD model to a beautiful piece, cast in sterling silver.
Making 3D printing materials better for the environment
Student researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, search for safer, eco-friendly 3D printing resins.
Read more about 3D printing
Did you know NASA took the first zero-gravity 3D printer into space? Learn more about 3D printing on Redshift.