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3D Printing Basics

3D Printing Basics
Table of contents: 1. What is 3D printing? 3D printing is also known as desktop fabrication or additive manufacturing. It is a prototyping process whereby a real object is created from a 3D design. The digital 3D-model is saved in STL format and then sent to a 3D printer. 2. 3D printing technologies There are several different 3D printing technologies. SLS (selective laser sintering), FDM (fused deposition modeling) & SLA (stereolithograhpy) are the most widely used technologies for 3D printing. This video describes how laser-sintering processes melt fine powders, bit by bit, into 3D shapes. This video shows how FDM works. The video below explains the process of Stereolithography (SLA). Generally, the main considerations are speed, cost of the printed prototype, cost of the 3D printer, choice and cost of materials and color capabilities. 3. October 5, 2011 - Roland DG Corporation introduced the new iModela iM-01. This smallest 3D printer weighs 1.5 kilograms, it costs around 1200 Euros. 5. 6.

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Advances in 3D Printing We've chosen a selection of articles and videos that showcase advances in 3D Printing technology. Wearable Technology - 3D Printed fabrics - Great video - Courtesy of EcouterreFood Technology - MIT's 3D Food Printer - Cornucopia - Courtesy of Marcelo Coelho MIT3D Printing in Animation - Shows a 3D Printed object used in a Dutch advertising campaign - Courtesy of Creative ReviewPrinting with Silver Ink - Potential for printing integrated Circuits - Courtesy of Singularity HubPrinting with Stainless Steel - A Steel powder is used for 3D Printing - Courtesy of Shapeways and Singularity HubFancy printing a vase? - Well, not quite but its a great start! - Courtesy of Shapeways3D Printed Cells - Scientists use a 3D Printer to create the first “printed” human vein - Courtesy of InhabitatBuilding Technology - Make this 3D Printer mobile and it could turn up and print your house! If you spot any interesting content suitable for this section, please contact us with the details.

Preparing a Model for 3D Printing Updated March 30, 2016. Since you're here reading this, we assume you're interested in having one of your 3D models transformed into a real world object. We don't blame you! 3D printing is an incredibly exciting technology, and getting to hold one of your digital creations in the palm of your hand is an absolutely fantastic feeling. However, there are a few considerations that must be made to properly prepare a model for 3D printing.

Concept Laser releases New Mlab Cusing R metal 3D printer Jan.18, 2013 Since Concept Laser introduced the Mlab cusing machines at the start of 2011 they have been opening up the market segment for small delicate components in economic terms. Concept Laser has just announced the new Mlab cusing R 3D printer which expands the previous range of materials to include titanium and titanium alloys. The new Mlab cusing R was developed to allow economic fabrication of delicate dental products and medical implants, and for medical instruments made from titanium. The clever thing about the Mlab cusing R is the "drawer principle" with what is known as a glovebox module for safe handling of the material. The patented drawer principle from Concept Laser enables a quick change of material without the risk of any contamination of powder materials.

Professional 3D Printers The Stratasys Idea Series levels the playing field by bringing professional 3D printers to individuals and small teams, accelerating creativity. Making the leap to world-class 3D printing at such a low cost is a revolution on its own. If you’ve ever taken a 3D prototype for a test spin before production, you already know its impact. 3D printing All our products and projects are produced with 3D printing technologies. First we make a CAD file in a 3D software, such as Studio Max, Maya, Solidworks or Cinema 4D. We then upload the file to a 3D printer and finally unpack the 3D printer and take the product out. It pretty much works like you would be printing a normal Microsoft Word document out of your home 2D printer, but now you can just 3Dprint real stuff in a whole range of different materials such as plastics, metals, rubbers and ceramic materials.

This 3D Printed Concept Is The Future Of Automaking Someone call me when you can 3D print non-isotropic structural materials. Until then, every story like this heralding 3D printing as taking over all other forms of manufacturing gets rubber-stamped as "written by a layman" in my book. I design highly loaded structural parts all day long. 3D printing is about as useful in creating an analogue to an anisotropic composite laminate or forged metallic part as a screen door on a submarine. Artif-Orgs Are Almost Here with 3D Printed Skin © University of Toronto Sci-Fi writer Philip K. Dick called them Artif-orgs- artificial organs. The skin is our largest organ; Robert Everett-Green of the Globe and Mail describes a new way of making skin in a 3D printer, developed by engineering grad student Lian Leng and her team at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering of the University of Toronto.

Zortrax M200 - professional desktop 3D printer by Zortrax The Zortrax M200 is a cool, easy-to-remember name for a cool, easy-to-remember 3D printer. It’s easy, it’s stylish, it’s cost effective and it’s for you. The Zortrax M200 is the printer that will change the nature and the future of home 3D printing. Home 3D printing is awkward. When you order a garage-made 3D printer, you usually receive a box of plastic parts with vague instructions made of Google links. You spend loads of cash on spare parts and then spend weeks or months trying to make the printer work just to see it makes some noises and add two pages to your total bill.

Second industrial revolution is under way Cookies on the New Scientist website close Our website uses cookies, which are small text files that are widely used in order to make websites work more effectively. To continue using our website and consent to the use of cookies, click away from this box or click 'Close' Find out about our cookies and how to change them Could the 3D Printer save the public library service? I have noticed for a short while something on the internet about public libraries becoming “Maker Spaces” where people can use, amongst other things, 3D printers. There’s this video which explains the possibilities, if you’ve not seen it already: For those of you who have not heard of 3D printers before, that feeling you now have after watching the video has a name.

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