Abbreviation guide

 

Main abbreviations

  • AM

Additive Manufacturing

Process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies.

 

  • BTJ

Binder Jetting

Additive manufacturing process in which a liquid bonding agent is selectively deposited to join powder materials. It is one of the 7 process categories defined by ISO 17296 standard.

 

  • DED

Direct Energy Deposition

Additive manufacturing process in which focused thermal energy is used to fuse materials by melting as they are being deposited. It is one of the 7 process categories defined by ISO 17296 standard.

 

  • DLP®

Digital Light Processing

Known as a vat photopolymerization process used to produce parts from photopolymer materials in a liquid state using a light projector to cure a complete layer to a predetermined thickness and harden the material into the shape emmited by the projector; term denotes technology developed by Texas Instruments.

 

  • DMLS®

Direct Metal Laser Sintering

A powder bed fusion process used to make metal parts directly from metal powders without intermediate “green” or “brown” parts; term denotes metal-based laser sintering systems from EOS GmbH – Electro Optical Systems.

 

  • EBM®

Electron Beam Melting

A powder bed fusion process used to produce parts by utilizing a high-power electron beam that allows for high melting capacity of metal powder; term denotes machines built by ArCam, now part of GE Additive.

 

  • FDM®

Fused Deposition Modeling

A material extrusion process used to make thermoplastic parts through heated extrusion and deposition of materials layer by layer; term denotes machines built by Stratasys, Inc.

 

  • LS

Laser Sintering

A powder bed fusion process used to produce objects from powdered materials using one or more lasers to selectively fuse or melt the particles at the surface, layer by layer, in an enclosed chamber.

 

  • MEX

Material Extrusion

Aditive manufacturing process in which material is selectively dispensed through a nozzle or orifice. It is one of the 7 process categories defined by ISO 17296 standard.

 

  • MJT

Material Jetting

An additive manufacturing process in which droplets of build material are selectively deposited. It is one of the 7 process categories defined by ISO 17296 standard.

 

  • MJF®

Multi Jet Fusion

A powder bed fusion process used to produce parts by utilizing a heat source and fuse agent to selectively melt the powder. A detailing agent is also jetted around the contours to improve the object resolution; term denotes machines built by HP.

 

  • PBF

Powder Bed Fusion

An additive manufacturing process in which thermal energy selectively fuses regions of a powder bed. It is one of the 7 process categories defined by ISO 17296 standard.

 

  • SHL

Sheet Lamination

Additive manufacturing process in which sheets of material are bonded to form an object. It is one of the 7 process categories defined by ISO 17296 standard.

 

  • SL

Stereolithography

A vat photopolymerization process used to produce parts from photopolymer materials in a liquid state using one or more lasers to selectively cure to a predetermined thickness and harden the material into shape layer upon layer.

 

  • SLA®

Stereolithography Apparatus

Denotes the SL machines from 3D Systems Corporation.

 

  • SLM®

Selective Laser Melting

A powder bed fusion process used to produce parts by utilizing a high-power laser to selectively melt the powder; term denotes machines built by SLM Solutions.

 

  • SLS®

Selective Laser Sintering

Denotes the LS process and machines from 3D Systems Corporation.

 

  • VPP

Vat Photopolymerization

Additive manufacturing process in which liquid photopolymer in a vat is selectively cured by light-activated polymerization. It is one of the 7 process categories defined by ISO 17296 standard.

Complete abbreviation guide

3DB
Three-Dimensional Bioplotter

3DCP
3D Concrete Printing

3DP
Three-Dimensional Printing

AF
Additive Fabrication

ALPD
Automated Laser Powder Deposition

AM
Additive Manufacturing

BAAM
Big Area Additive Manufacturing

BM
Biomanufacturing

BTJ
Binder Jetting

CAL
Computed Axial Lithography

CAM-LEM
Computer-Aided Manufacturing Of Laminated Engineering Materials

CDLP
Continuous Digital Light Processing

CJP
Color Jet Printing

CLFDM
Curved layer fused deposition modelling

CLIP
Continuous Liquid Interface Production

DCM
Direct Composite Manufacturing

DCP
Digital Construction Platform

DED
Direct Energy Deposition

DIPC
Direct Inkjet Printing Of Ceramics

DIW
Direct Ink Writing

DLC
Direct Laser Casting

DLF
Directed Light Fabrication

DLP
Digital Light Processing

DLS
Digital Light Synthesis

DMD
Direct Metal Deposition

DMLS
Direct Metal Laser Sintering

DMP
Direct Metal Printing

DOD
Drop On Demand

DPP
Daylight Printing Polymer

EBAM
Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing

EBM
Electron Beam Melting

EBW
Electron Beam Welding

EBF3
Electron-Beam Freeform Fabrication

EP
Electrophotographic Printing

ERP
Electrophotographic Rapid Printing

FDC
Fused Deposition Of Ceramics

FDM
Fused Deposition Modeling

FEF
Freeze-form Extrusion Fabrication

FFEF
Freeze-Form Extrusion Fabrication

FFF
Fused Filament Fabrication

FLM
Fused Layer Modeling

FLM
Fused Layer Manufacturing

FLM
Food Layered Manufacturing

GDP
Gel Dispensing Printing

HSS
High Speed Sintering

IFF
Ion Fusion Formation

IJP-A
Aqueous Direct Inkjet Printing

IJP-UV
Uv Direct Inkjet Printing

IJP-W
Hot-Melt Direct Inkjet Printing

IRP
Inkjet Rapid Prototyping

JP
Jet Prototyping

LAM
Laser Additive Manufacturing

LBM
Laser Beam Melting

LC
Laser Cladding

LCM
Lithography-based Ceramics Manufacturing

LCVD
Laser Chemical Vapor Deposition

LDC
Laser Direct Casting

LDW
Laser Deposition Welding

LDM
Low-Temperature Deposition Manufacturing

LENS
Laser Engineered Net Shaping

LFAM
Large-format Additive Aanufacturing

LFFF
Laser Free Form Fabrication

LLM
Layer Laminated Manufacturing

LM
Laminated Manufacturing

LMD
Laser Material Deposition

LMF
Laser Metal Forming

LOM
Layered Object Manufacturing

LOM
Laminated Object Manufacturing

LPD
Laser Powder Deposition

LPBF
Laser Powder Bed Fusion

LPF
Laser Powder Fusion

LPS
Liquid-Phase Sintering

LRF
Laser Rapid Forming

LS
Laser Sintering

M3D
Maskless Mesoscale Material Deposition

MD
Metal Deposition

MEM
Melted Extrusion Manufacturing

MEX
Material Extrusion

MIM
Material Increase Manufacturing

MJT
Material Jetting

MJF
Multi Jet Fusion

MJM
Multijet Modeling System

MJS
Multiphase Jet Solidification

MS
Mask Sintering

M-SL
Microstereolithography

NPJ
Nano Particle Jetting

PBBJ
powder bed binder jetting

PBF
Powder Bed Fusion

PJM
Poly Jet Modeling

PPE
Photopolymer Extrusion

RFP
Rapid Freeze Prototyping

RM
Rapid Manufacturing

RP
Rapid Prototyping

RPM
Rapid Prototyping And Manufacturing

RT
Rapid Tooling

RTM
Rapid Tool Maker

SALDVI
Selective Area Laser Deposition And Vapor Infiltration

SAM
Silicone Additive Manufacturing

SCS
Solid Creation System

SDL
Selective Deposition Lamination

SDM
Shape Deposition Manufacturing

SEBM
Selective Electron Beam Melting

SFC
Solid Film Curing

SFF
Solid Free-Form Fabrication

SGC
Solid Ground Curing

SHL
Sheet Lamination

SHS
Selective Heat Sintering

SL
Stereolithography

SLA
Stereolithography Apparatus

SLAM
Stress-Line Additive Manufacturing

SL-C
Stereolithography Of Ceramics

SLM
Selective Laser Melting

SLP
Solid Laser Diode Plotter

SLS
Selective Laser Sintering

SLSM
Selective Laser Sintering Of Metals

SOUP
Solid Object Ultra-Violet Laser Printer

SS
Selective Sintering

SSE
Semi Solid Extrusion

SSM-SFF
Semisolid Metal Solid Freeform Fabrication

SSS
Solid-State Sintering

UC
Ultrasonic Consolidation

UOC
Ultrasonic Object Consolidation

WAAM
Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing

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