|“Some people have a very narrow definition of the 3D printing term,” he adds. “They believe it is an inkjet printhead that jets a binder or material to create an object. Other people have a broader definition of a 3D printer as a simple-to-use, office-ready device.”
Technologies that sometimes don the moniker 3D printing include fused deposition modeling (FDM), solid imaging via stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering and ink-jet, such as thermal phase change and photopolymer-phase change printing. This wide of a definition encompasses devices made a bevy of manufacturers including 3D Systems Inc. and EOS GmbH.