The age of innovative technology has succeeded in changing the world and introducing us to a variety of innovative technologies and products including 3D printing. Medicine, aviation, automotive, shoes, jewelery, architecture are difficult to find in a sector that has not been affected by this technology.
So what is 3D printing?
3D printing machine is based on the principle of printing in thin layers. The process of producing a 3D object is accomplished by incrementally adding materials until the object is completed. 3D technology is the exact opposite of the traditional method of making objects. Instead of processing or “subtracting” a material to create an object similar to how a clay cutter sculpture, 3D printing adds a layer A 3D printer can take a digital 3D model and make it a tangible object through a manufacturing process that runs in three basic steps at the end of which the finished product is obtained:
Step One – Digital File
The digital file tells the printer exactly how to create the 3D object by dividing the object into layers and describing the dimensions of each layer with great precision. There are a large number of software on the market capable of creating such files including beginner-friendly software.
Step Two – 3D Printer
The machine precisely replicates the layers described in the digital file so it took a lot of free space to build the object. This is also why 3D printers have a box or compartment to work on and control many parameters during production
Step C – Printing the material
The printer designs or removes the print material that is the printed object, at the end of this step the suitability of the model and its dimensions are tested. When sometimes after printing, there is a need for repairs and adjustments of the file and further printing to meet the exact needs of the product.
It is worth noting that there are different methods for 3D printing, the wide variety of methods makes it possible to precisely match each model to the best and best method. Choosing the optimal 3D printing process for a particular application can be difficult. Often there is more than one process that fits and each offers different advantages, such as greater dimensional accuracy, superior material properties or better interior finish.
Three main parameters to consider a moment before printing:
Required Material Properties: Strength, Hardness, Impact Strength etc.
Functional and visual design requirements: smooth surface, strength, heat resistance, etc.
3D printing process capabilities: precision, available print volume, layer height, etc.
In summary: 3D production provides a simple, affordable and convenient response to both the professional and private market. 3D technology has gained momentum over the years and in the not too distant future that more and more industries will use it as an integral part of the manufacturing process.