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3D printers - Buying guides and 3D printing applications

Our 3D printers guides are here to help our readers understand the fundamentals of 3D printing. What is 3D printing? How does a 3D printer work? What are the main applications?
We address those questions and more in this section.

We also explain the various 3D printing technologies and provide a glossary for the most common terms and acronyms. No matter your questions or project, our 3D printer buying guides are here to help.
The INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410: an all-in-one solution for industrial AM

The INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410: an all-in-one solution for industrial AM

Last update: August 21, 2019

The INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410 is an all-in-one solution for 3D printing high-performance materials and for continuous low-volume production.

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3D printing for architecture

3D printing for architecture

Last update: August 21, 2019

3D printing is transforming the way architects explore designs and innovate. The 3D printing technology brings a new aspect to architecture. This guide explains what are the applications of 3D printing for architecture.

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3D printing for the dental industry

3D printing for the dental industry

Last update: May 21, 2019

3D scanners are used in the dental industry to model in 3D the teeth of a patient. Dentists may then 3D print wax ups, models or metal implants.

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3D printing for space

3D printing for space

Last update: May 10, 2019

Perhaps surprisingly, 3D printing technology may have a future that is out of this world. Literally. Discover the applications of 3D printing in space, including food 3D printing and replacement parts made in space.

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3D printing and 3D scanning for archeology and museums

3D printing and 3D scanning for archeology and museums

Last update: February 14, 2019

3D scanning and 3D printing for museums and archeology are useful tools as they allow to better study, restore and preserve historical sites and artifacts.

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Categories of 3D printing technologies

Categories of 3D printing technologies

Last update: February 14, 2019

We have listed all the 3D printing technologies currently available, from FFF and FDM to SLA, DLP, SLS, SML and event 3D bioprinting. This comprehensive guide explains with precise definitions, images, videos and examples how every 3D printing technology works.

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3D printers categories and 3D printer types

3D printers categories and 3D printer types

Last update: January 8, 2019

3D printers can be classified in several 3D printers categories: DIY or Kit 3D printers, desktop 3D printers and industrial or commercial 3D printers. There are indeed a lot of different types of 3D printers. This guide help beginners to understand the many 3D printer categories et types.

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3D printed guns

3D printed guns

Last update: July 20, 2018

3D printed guns regularly make the headlines of the press. Indeed, 3D printed weapons are beyond any control. Learn more about 3D printing guns.

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3D printing for toys

3D printing for toys

Last update: July 5, 2018

3D printing is revolutionizing the world of toys, changing everything on its path. 3D printing for toys has quickly proved to be an excellent solution to repair broken toys, replace missing parts or 3D print toys at home. Read our guide to 3D printed toys and learn how to make 3D printed toys at home.

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3D printing for the medical industry

3D printing for the medical industry

Last update: July 5, 2018

What is medical 3D printing? Discover the different 3D printing applications available for the medical industry: 3D bioprinting, 3D printed prosthetics and orthotics, 3D printed casts and more.

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3D scanning and 3D printing for jewelry

3D scanning and 3D printing for jewelry

Last update: July 5, 2018

3D printing and 3D scanning are used by jewelers for prototyping and direct manufacturing of jewelry. Find out how to use 3D scanning and 3D printing for jewelry and what the best 3D printers for jewelry are.

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Food 3D printing

Food 3D printing

Last update: July 5, 2018

Food 3D printing is possible today thanks to progress in 3D printing technology. Some 3D printers use edibles as 3D printing materials, such as sugar or chocolotate.

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Fast 3D printing

Fast 3D printing

Last update: July 5, 2018

Fast 3D printing breaks with the usual 3D printing slow process. Several manufacturers are tackling this issue by developing much faster 3D printing technologies.

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Eco-friendly 3D filament

Eco-friendly 3D filament

Last update: July 5, 2018

Eco-friendly 3D filament represents a serious alternative to plastic filament, as it is biodegradable and sustainable. Innovations in today's technology offer the possibility to 3D print in an ecological way, with a low cost. This guide will explain what are the future possibilities, but also today's innovations.

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3D printed figurines: 3D portraits, 3D figurines and 3D selfies

3D printed figurines: 3D portraits, 3D figurines and 3D selfies

Last update: July 5, 2018

3D printed figurines are miniature photorealistic statues, created using 3D scanning and 3D printing. Learn all about 3D portraits, 3D selfies and 3D figurines. This guide explains what is possible to do for portraits, gives examples and definitions in order to better understand the concept.

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Glossary

Glossary

Last update: July 2, 2018

This glossary contains definitions of specific 3D printing terms and acronyms. To search for a term or a definition, simply use the search function. This 3D printing technology glossary feature all the links toward the different 3D printing, 3D scanning technologies and 3D printing materials.

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