About the book
Rapid Prototyping methods, also known as 3D printing or Additive Manufacturing methods are one category of technologies through which in comparison to other well-known methods that are based on subtracting material, in this case, parts are build layer by layer by adding material where is needed and as much as is needed. There are mainly Rapid Prototyping methods known in the World on the market and these methods can be classified in accordance with the type of raw material that is used in the manufacturing process (plastics, composites, ceramics, metals, resins, etc.) as well as they can be classified through the method that is used for binding the material and the source that is used for this process. Some methods are using lasers for polymerizing the material, while other are based on wire extruding method, ink-jet, photo-polymerization, etc. The range of products that can be made using such methods is very wide, starting from industry to medicine. The demands in developing new types of materials or 3D printing methods are in continuous expanding and are in direct relation to the industrial and medical needs.
The current book aims to provide different types of applications where such modern methods, such as Rapid Prototyping / Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing technologies were successfully used in research for rapid product development or for testing of new materials, with applicability in the industrial and medical sector. Bio 3D printing, multi-material 3D printing, smart materials, digitized materials or the use of Advanced manufacturing methods, such as 4D printing are also topics of very high interest in this domain in relation to the book that is aimed to be published , taking into account the progress of the research in this area in the last years.