01 What is 3D Printing?
3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.
The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out / hollowing out a piece of metal or plastic with for instance a milling machine.
3D printing enables you to produce complex (functional) shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods.
02 What does a customer who makes a reservation get?
Priority shipment when shipments begin in 2018 and access to benchmark parts - either by DM or by partners
03 Can I get a benchmark part?
Benchmarking is fundamentally seen as a channel responsibility.. As the channel ramps up, DMI will make BMs on a limited basis as partners ramp up. DMI will prioritize parts for companies that have placed reservations through the DM website. Partners will get machines in Oct/Nov and can begin benchmarking at that time. DM Benchmarking will generally be 4-6 week turnaround.