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Laminated composites – The original additive manufacturing process

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There is a lot of enthusiasm around additive manufacturing (AM) these days. From high-end applications of AM like the GE fuel nozzle to the home market and hobbyists fairs, AM has captured the imagination of all of us and unleashed our creative instincts to make anything we can dream up. Many are new to the idea of Additive Manufacturing and think of it as a very new technology. However, with a little research, you can find that stereolithography was introduced 30 years ago. Further, other common processes, like selective laser sintering and fused deposition modeling are well over a decade old. The advancements today are allowing us to move from rapid prototyping to direct digital manufacturing which is leading to explosive growth in the AM industry.

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