3D Printers

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3D Printing is the process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many thin layers of a material in succession.

What is a 3D Printer?

A machine that specialises in producing custom components with high accuracy. The 3D printer connects materials layer by layer to form a 3D object.

Why use 3D printers?

3D printing can now perform crucial functions with the most common applications being manufacturing, medicine, architecture, custom art and design. The use of 3D printers can vary vastly from fully functional to purely aesthetic applications.

Industries that utilise 3D printing:

3D printers are revolutionising manufacturing with a plethora of industries benefiting from this technological advancement. Some industries to list that utilise 3D printing include:

  • Aerospace

  • Automotive

  • Construction

  • Education

  • Manufacturing

  • Medicine

  • Robotics

How does a 3D Printer work?

Very much similar to traditional printers, 3D printers use a range of technologies.

The most commonly known is fused deposition modeling (FDM), also known as fused filament fabrication (FFF). In it, a filament—composed of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polylactic acid (PLA), or another thermoplastic.

These are melted and is deposited through a heated extrusion nozzle in layers.

Benefits of 3D Printing:

1. The ability to quickly turn concepts into 3D prototypes and this can lead to rapidly implementing design changes.

2. The ability to produce products on demand rather than in large runs, improving inventory management and reducing warehouse space.

3. Potentially save money and material wastage.

    What software do you need for 3D Printing?

    Nearly all 3D printers accept files in what is called a STL format (named for stereolithography).

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