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3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a process by which physical objects are created by depositing materials in layers based on a digital model. All 3D printing processes require software, hardware, and materials to work together.
3D printing technology can be used to create everything from prototypes and simple parts to highly technical final products such as airplane parts (US site), eco-friendly buildings, life-saving medical implants and even artificial organs using layers of human cells.
Advances are rapidly being made to make 3D printing technology reliable for mass manufacturing production-grade parts, and scientists and inventors are finding new ways to apply 3D printing technology every day.
Spark is an open platform of 3D printing technologies and services that connects hardware, software, and materials. Today, the 3D printing workflow from design to manufacturing is often fragmented. This can make 3D printing complicated and unreliable for many end users.
With APIs, SDKs, sample applications, and services from Spark, we’re providing companies with tools to help bridge these gaps, so 3D printing can work better for everyone.
Making the airliner of the future (US site)
A group of imaginative engineers design their vision for the future of air travel with advanced technologies like generative design (US site) and 3D printing.
How do 3D printers work?
Learn about the four main 3D printing technologies: fused deposition modeling, stereolithography, direct light processing, and selective laser sintering.
Printing a safer earbud for music lovers
A pioneer of the first in-ear monitors for professional musicians, Asius Technologies used 3D printing to create an earbud that acts more like the human eardrum.
Design, create and 3D print your own toys
Make your own toys from start to finish with Mattel's ThingMaker 3D printing ecosystem.
3D printing in filmmaking
Why Hollywood loves 3D printing.
Designing jewelry with Fusion 360 and Ember
See how a pendant went from a CAD model to a beautiful piece, cast in sterling silver.
Making 3D printing materials better for the environment
Student researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, search for safer, eco-friendly 3D printing resins.
Read more about 3D printing
Did you know NASA took the first zero-gravity 3D printer into space? Learn more about 3D printing on Redshift.