3-D Printing: How It Works

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 12:00 am   2 min read

George Tebbetts displays a base with a printed object attached. The printer lays molten plastic on the base to build objects.  (Luke Jones)

To bring an object to life, there first must be a design. Normally this is built on a computer with 3-D modeling software. An object already available in physical space can also be copied using a 3-D scanner.

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