3D Printed Advanced Polymers Support Removal Guide

| May 7, 2018

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Learn more about post-processing considerations for 3D printed advanced polymers, including FDM, SLA, and Polyjet. This paper discusses the current state of post-processing techniques for additive manufactured advanced polymers and innovations for optimizing the critical support removal step to enable full-scale production.

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