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Desktop manufacturing or personal fabrication is the use of a personal computer to drive a printer that deposits (or catalyses) material in layers to form three-dimensional objects, a process known as additive manufacturing. It can be used for making prototypes or objects that have limited public demand. Neil Gershenfeld is one of the pioneers of this field.

3D printing gives designers and product development teams the technology in the office to produce 3D parts or components within minutes. CAD software sends the 3D image to the office 3D Printer and the item is printed layer by layer in a range of materials. Concept models can be produced quickly and with full moving parts using a desktop size 3D Printer.

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