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What Is 3D Printing
3D printing is a way to create physical objects directly from digital design files. While digital design is not new, manufacturing traditionally relied on technologies that remove material or forming methods that rely on expensive moulds and patterns. In contrast, 3D printing is an additive process that builds objects one layer at a time from the bottom up. 3D Printing complements traditional technologies. Its used across industries to improve product design, streamline manufacturing, and even forge entirely new business models.
How Does 3D Printing Work
3D Printing begins with a your own 3D CAD model, one you downloaded from a sharing site, or a 3D scan from a physical object. Software slices your model into fine layers which will be used to generate instructions for the 3D printer. Instead of ink, the 3D printer deposits a material such as plastic, wax, or liquid polymer one layer at a time until what was just data becomes substance.Beecause 3D printing in midair simply isn’t possible, the software will optimize and automatically decide and create support material where needed to hold parts of the object as it builds. This material is removed after printing is complete.
How is 3D Printing Used
3D printing is also known as additive manufacturing , 3D printing encompasses a wide variety of methods and technologies from plastic extrusion, to polymer jetting, to laser sintering. Some technologies serve specific uses like jewelry design or dental modeling. Others span industries and produce everything from concept models and functional prototypes to manufacturing tools and production parts.
For demanding manufacturing applications, 3D production systems provide large print capacity, accuracy and highly performance durable materials. For highly visual applications like product design, art and special effects, multi-material 3D printing offers a range of colors and materials for exceptional realism. For individual contributors and small teams, affordable desktop systems bring 3D printing right to your work-space.
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