So what exactly is 3D printing?
Imagine a world where you can think it, design it on a computer and instantly have a 3 Dimensional Prototype in your hands! You no longer have to imagine; this can really happen. In a nutshell, 3D printing turns graphic designs on a computer screen into real, physical objects, typically by spraying material in progressive layers. It’s also known as “additive manufacturing”.
It’s a fantastic way to manufacture just about anything and it’s actually been in use for some time – about 20 years industrially, in fact. It’s being used right now for all sorts of reasons: from making prosthetics for amputees to creating parts for NASA rockets and rovers.
The expense and logistics of 3D printing were always quite cost prohibitive, but costs are coming down and the technology is continually being refined .That is why we’re hearing more and more about it.
And that’s why 3D printing is becoming accessible for everyone.
This is game-changing technology!
If the idea of making something appear out of thin air wasn’t magical and tantalizing enough, think of how you could potentially use something like this in your daily life.
Would you like an easy way to show off a prototype of an idea you had? Need a spare part for an appliance that is broken at home? Looking for a store that can custom design a gift for you? The list of possibilities is endless!
3D printing is likely to change our lives forever.
But as is often the case with revolutionary news, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Becoming 3D wants to educate the masses about this amazing technology.
How does it work?
In terms of approach, it actually works in a similar way to normal printers.
You start by creating a 3D design on a computer screen using some special software. This image is called a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file. The file is sent to the printer and, along the way, the graphic is sliced up into hundreds (sometimes thousands) of very thin layers.
The printer then gets to work and starts building the image one layer at a time. It starts with the bottom layer and moves upwards.
There are a variety of Methods in which it can print. These are:
• Fused Deposition Modelling
The printer’s nozzle places and melts raw materials like plastic or metal wire. Each layer quickly hardens as they stack on top of each other.
• Inkjet Printing
3D printers use special inks and binding techniques to form objects. It’s the only process that allows for custom colors.
• Selective Laser Sintering
This 3D printer uses a pulsed laser to draw the desired cross-section, then it fuses powder (metal, plastic, ceramic or glass).
• Digital Light Processing
A vat of liquid polymer is turned into a very strong solid by exposing it to light.
What do you need to know?
Most 3D printers use the fused deposition modeling technique, but the method depends on what the 3D printer is needed for.
As you can imagine, a 3D printer that uses advanced materials to make products in the aerospace industry will be very different from one that’s designed for the home.
If you want a 3D printer for personal use, your needs will be very different to that of a business that needs products produced in large volume.
What are the benefits of 3D printing?
• It’s fast.
• It’s getting cheaper.
• It produces durable objects of a high quality.
• It’s easier and cheaper than making molds.
• It’s efficient. Some 3D printers can make multiple objects at once, which would obviously be a big benefit to some businesses.
3D printers have opened the door to a plethora of opportunities – there’s a feeling that this is just the start.
One day, could we ask a 3D printer to build us a TV? A car? A house? It is something we are now able to imagine; that day is closer now than ever before.
Call us today at (844) 337-7687 or contact us here to learn how 3D printing can change your Business.