I’ve stumbled upon an article that talks about the world’s first 3D printed bicycle frame.
3D printing is also known as additive manufacturing. Conventional machining processes such as milling, turning etc make components by removing material. You start with a big block of metal called blank and then you machine the unwanted bits away (a bit like sculpting) and the component is what’s left of the blank once the machining is done.
On the other hand, 3D printing or additive manufacturing is so called because you start with empty space within the 3D printer and build your component up layer by layer (adding material) until you have the full component ready.
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