Additive Manufacturing (eBook)

3D Printing for Prototyping and Manufacturing
ISBN: 9781569905838
Copyright: 2016
PDF: 591 pages
$219.99 (US)

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Additive Manufacturing
Gebhardt, A.


Basics, Definitions, and Application Levels. Characteristics of the Additive Manufacturing Process. Machines for Rapid Prototyping, Direct Tooling, and Direct Manufacturing. Rapid Prototyping. Rapid Tooling. Direct Manufacturing: Rapid Manufacturing. Safety and Environmental Protection. Economic Aspects. Future Rapid Prototyping Processes.


Oriented toward the practitioner, this book presents a clear overview of additive manufacturing, going from the basics to the properties and special aspects of industrially available machines. From the generation of data to the forming method, the complete process chain is shown in a practical light. In particular, the following additive manufacturing technologies are discussed extensively:

  • Polymerization (e.g., stereolithography)
  • Sintering and melting (e.g., laser sintering)
  • Layer laminate method (e.g., laminated object manufacturing, LOM)
  • Extrusion (e.g., fused deposition modeling, FDM)
  • 3D printing

Applications for the production of models and prototypes (rapid prototyping), tools, tool inserts, and forms (rapid tooling) as well as end products (rapid manufacturing) are covered in detailed chapters with examples. Questions of efficiency are discussed from a strategic point of view and also from an operational perspective.

This book supports product developers and people responsible for production who face the challenges of implementing additive manufacturing not just for prototypes or one-off parts but for its increasingly important application in direct production of finished products. The method not only reduces the demands on industrial infrastructure but also opens up new perspectives in terms of decentralized production and customer inclusive individualized production (customization, cyberproduction).

Author Info:

Gebhardt, A.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Gebhardt is managing director of the Center of Prototyping, CP (Center for Prototyping GmbH), Erkelenz, Germany. He is also professor of high-performance processing in manufacturing engineering and rapid prototyping at the University of Applied Sciences, Aachen, Germany, and guest professor at the City University, New York. 

Hötter, JS