3-D printing

noun

Definition of 3-D printing

: the manufacturing of solid objects by the deposition of layers of material (such as plastic) in accordance with specifications that are stored and displayed in electronic form as a digital model Imagine dreaming up a toy for your kids, sketching it out on your computer, and minutes later—voilà … !—you're holding the real thing in your hand. Such is the promise of 3-D printing, a niche but growing technology that Bre Pettis and his Brooklyn-based start-up, MakerBot, believe will become as common in homes as the printers that crank out our photos and household documents.— Andréa Ford et al.

called also additive manufacturing

First Known Use of 3-D printing

1992, in the meaning defined above

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