3D Printing: Process of creating a three dimensional object from design or model. Printing in three dimensions allows for precision in mass production and also adds to the precision when manufacturing delicate or intricate objects through the use of a layering pattern.
3D Cutting: Extraction of material to create a final product. Utilizing lasers, 3D cutting allows for precise cuts in many different materials like metals and plastics.
3D Scanning: Reverses the process of printing and allows three dimensional objects to be converted into a mechanical model.