This article is a review about “additive manufacturing”, popularized under “3D printing”, and takes an inventory of the tests and metrological needs that the technology generates. It defines additive manufacturing and presents the materials used, the significance and the brakes of the technology, and application areas. It also lists and describes in detail the principle of the seven categories of processes that the technology counts.


This paper has been rectified with an error mentioned in n° 41, vol. 2016-1

Key words

additive manufacturing
3d printing