3D Printing – UPSC Prelims

  • 3D printing is the process of printing 3 Dimensional solid objects with the aid of computer/printer
  • It is also called “Additive Manufacturing” because 3D printed object is created by laying down successive layers of manufacturing material on each other until the entire object is created.
  • Objects printed in this way are extremely precise.
  • This technology has limitless possibilities and can create almost anything with just raw material and a computer generated model.
  • With the help of software, the model to be printed is first developed by the computer, which then gives instructions to the 3D printer.
  • The USA remains the global leader in 3D printing, with more than 35% market share.
  • In Asia, about 50% of its market is cornered by China, followed by Japan at 30%, and South Korea at 10%.

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