Technology Overview

3D printing is part of the growing family of advanced manufacturing techniques,  a revolutionary technology that has transformed how we think about design, production, and manufacturing.

At its core, 3D printing involves creating three-dimensional objects from a digital file, layer by layer. This technology offers a range of benefits that increasingly make it an attractive option for various organisations across multiple industries.

The Benefits of Advanced Manufacturing

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SLA Printing

Stereolithography, commonly known as SLA, is a premier choice in resin 3D printing technologies. Renowned for its superior precision and exceptional surface finish, SLA is a go-to method for both prototyping and 3D printing.

SLS Printing

Selective Laser Sintering, or SLS, is a distinctive additive manufacturing process that forms solid objects by compacting and fusing material using heat and pressure, but crucially, without melting the material completely.

FDM Printing

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), a widely accessible form of 3D printing, is an additive manufacturing technology that constructs parts layer by layer. It uses a process of selectively depositing melted plastic to form the object from the bottom up.

MJF Printing

Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), developed by HP, represents a significant advancement in the field of 3D printing. This technology stands out for producing high-quality, functional parts faster than other 3D printing methods.


The finishing process in an advanced manufacturing project is critical in determining the printed item’s final appearance, functionality, and quality. Finishing can transform a basic 3D print into a professional-looking and functional product. It can significantly elevate the quality and functionality of a 3D-printed part, making it an essential step in the 3D printing process.

Each finishing option has its specific applications and benefits, and the choice of finishing technique largely depends on the intended use, desired appearance, and material of the piece.

A2O Manufacturing can provide the experience and technical details to ensure your project is finished according to your requirements. Considerations may be:

Finishing Options


Each material comes with its own set of properties and should be chosen based on the specific requirements of the additive manufacturing project.