Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing Database

The ElogioAM Additive Manufacturing Database 

At ElogioAM we are serious about manufacturing using 3D printing. Additive Manufacturing is expanding in scope and applications but knowledge is relatively thin on the ground. To aid you we've created an extensive database of relevant 3D printing and additive manufacturing knowledge.  

What is Additive Manufacturing?

Additive Manufacturing, also written as AM, is the official term for a number of technologies that all build up an object layer by layer. By manufacturing additively these manufacturing technologies can all make new things relatively quickly. Additive Manufacturing technologies are ideally suited for parts that:

  • Have unique shapes,
  • Are needed in limited numbers
  • Need unique textures,
  • Have integrated functionality
  • Reduce the number of parts
  • Have to be made at a certain time or place
  • Reduce weight
  • Reduce inventory
  • Or cannot be made in any other way.

Additive Manufacturing is widely used in:

  • Prototyping,
  • in the production of hearing aids,
  • in medical implants,
  • In dental,
  • In aerospace,
  • In automotive,
  • In robotics
  • And in emerging areas.

The different Additive Manufacturing technologies all have their relative merits but generally Additive lets you get from idea to part very quickly. Additive Manufacturing also lets you:

  • Iterate
  • Fail quickly
  • Improve due to feedback
  • Develop niche products
  • Speed up your time to market

Additive Manufacturing is not a panacea. Although it is improving, Additive is slow and expensive for large (50 CM plus) objects at the moment. The technology also is limited because of its:

  • Parts strength
  • Material choice
  • Surface finish
  • Part Cost
  • Throughput

The most popular additive manufacturing technologies are:

Some of the most popular Additive Manufacturing materials: