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Additive is a term used in design and manufacturing to describe a process where an object is created by successively adding material in layers. This process, also known as additive manufacturing or 3D printing, involves the use of computer-aided design (CAD) software to create a digital model of the object, which is then sent to a 3D printer. The printer builds the object by depositing material, typically plastic, metal, or ceramic, in thin layers, one on top of the other, until the entire object is formed. Additive manufacturing has revolutionized the design and production process, allowing for the creation of complex geometries and intricate details that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with traditional subtractive manufacturing methods. It has found applications across various industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, and consumer products. Additive manufacturing enables rapid prototyping, customization, and the production of small batches of parts, making it an increasingly popular choice for designers and manufacturers seeking to optimize their production processes and create innovative products.

Additive manufacturing, 3D printing, rapid prototyping, computer-aided design, CAD, layered manufacturing, digital fabrication, customization, complex geometries

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