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27. Layered Manufacturing as a Graphics Display Device

Tutorial, Monday, 1 August, 3:45 - 5:30 pm
Room 501AB
Level: Beginning

An introduction to 3D layered manufacturing. Overview and comparison of commercial layered manufacturing systems; software techniques, interchange issues, and process planning; and application areas with case studies, from visualization models to working prototype parts.


Basic familiarity with 3D modeling or CAD.

Intended Audience

People who may have seen layered manufacturing displays in the SIGGRAPH 2005 Exhibition and want to learn more about what it's good for, details about how it works in practice, and an unbiased comparison of the different technologies available.


Sara McMains
University of California, Berkeley


Mike Bailey
Oregon State University

Richard Crawford
The University of Texas at Austin


3:45 Introduction to 3D layered manufacturing
Commercial 3D layered manufacturing processes
  • Photopolymers
  • Photolithography
  • Thermoplastic deposition
  • Extrusion
  • Powder based
  • 3D Printing, mono- and color
  • Sintering
Applications experiences: functional mechanical parts


4:45 Lamination
Applications experiences: scientific visualization
  • molecular modeling
  • medical modeling
  • terrain surfaces
  • isovolumes


5:25 Summary, Questions & Answers
(including discussion of parts/application areas suggested by audience)