Correct terminology and definitions do matter for an industry. But so does recognition, awareness and, ultimately, engagement outside of that industry. That’s why 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing, as labels, both matter — it just depends who you’re talking to.
At Nanofabrica, we’ve read and heard the arguments for and against the use of the terms 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing over the years. Additive manufacturing is, in our opinion, the closest to being technically correct and most accurately covers the broad spectrum of additive processes that fall under its definition — as established by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) group ASTM F42 – Additive Manufacturing, in 2010.
However, 3D printing undoubtedly gets the popular vote – it is the term most widely used and understood by mainstream press and people outside of the industry.
With this in mind, you will excuse us if we continue to use both terms to describe Nanofabrica’s technology, as both categorize what we are doing in this exciting niche, bringing additive production techniques to precision manufacturing applications.