3D printing

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3D printing [or Additive Manufacturing (AM)] allows the construction of three-dimensional objects on demand. 3D printing technologies is now widely used in healthcare, aerospace, design, and the automotive industry. Additive Manufacturing (AM) had first been launched over three decades ago as Charles Hull's first introduced the SLA (Stereolithography) patent in 1986. This technological innovation requires a variety of stages which shift from the definition of the simulated CAD (computer aided design) to the physical component arising from it. Additive manufacturing inserting layers of raw materials upon layer. Each layer is composed of a thin cross-section of the portion obtained directly from the CAD files. This allows the production of materials on demand that can be easily printed where the 3D printer allowing the production of artifacts at tourism facilities. For example, a 3D printer can print materials on board a cruise ship on demand, rather than wait for reaching a port and order them through suppliers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Tourism Management and Marketing
EditorsDimitrios Buhalis
Place of Publication[S.I.]
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2022


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  • additive manufacturing
  • on demand
  • manufacturing


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