While the technology has been around for three decades, there still is debate in the industry about if 3D printing and additive manufacturing are the same thing or not. Depending on who you ask or your source of information, you’re bound to receive slightly different answers. Some see the difference between 3D printing and additive manufacturing as identical processes with different names, while others see the two as processes as different with inherent similarities. Both 3D printing and additive manufacturing are based on layer-based manufacturing techniques. Using information from a CAD file, material gets layered sequentially and builds in cross-sections stacked one on top of the other. 3D Printing – provides the ability to build an object one layer at a time. Its early uses are often compared to a 2D inkjet printer. Its applications include, but are not limited…