3D additive manufacturing as a new research and education topic in the Master in Satellite Systems

Additive Manufacturing (AM) refers to a process by which digital 3D design data is used to build up a component in layers by depositing material. The term "3D printing" is increasingly used as a synonym for AM. However, the latter is more accurate in that it describes a professional production technique which is clearly distinguished from conventional methods of material removal. Instead of milling a workpiece from solid block, for example, AM builds up components layer by layer using materials which are available in fine powder form.