3D printing is a technology that has just recently begun to come of age. The technology is now a household name and in the very near future it could have a massive impact on the manufacturing industry as a whole. 3D prints are created using a layered additive manufacturing process. This process makes the technology very agile and able to construct complex designs on a small or large scale.
Shapeways, a leading 3D marketplace, is helping everyone from seasoned designers to casual hobbyists get in on the 3D printing action. Users can upload designs to the marketplace where users can browse and purchase their favorites. In order to explain how the actual printing process works, Shapeways has created the following infographic, demonstrating the main processes used to created finished prints as well as some of the extraordinary items 3D printers are creating.