Additive Manufacturing is a manufacturing process which complements traditional production processes. By enabling you to produce prototypes, tools, jigs and fixtures and final parts directly from CAD data, additive manufacturing fosters dramatic reductions in delivery times and production costs while improving overall product quality.
It is also now being used for rapid prototyping in a variety of industries today including aerospace, medical, and automotive. As technology in 3D printing has improved, the ability to make larger items as well as more detailed objects has become more commonplace.
Some manufacturers are using 3D printing technology to make lighter airplane parts, custom prosthetic devices, as well as small-scale models used to prototype and test new designs. In the future, 3D printing may even allow for the manufacture of parts and components that just can't be created through traditional fabrication methods.