Industrial 3D printing has been around since the early 1980’s. Yes, the industrial grade 3D printers were introduced that early. These are generally larger machines that use proprietary powdered metals, sand, plastics etc., and are used for quick prototyping by universities and commercial companies.
Advances in the field has shown us hope that in the future, 3D printers can be used to directly manufacture finished products. These advances have come in the form of “Rapid manufacturing technology”. It is a new method of manufacturing finished goods, and many of its sub-processes, remain a mystery. One of the advantages of this technology in the sphere of 3D printing is, the introduction of many new materials for building 3D models. This has, in turn raised the bar of hope, into the possibility of directly manufacturing finished components.
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Welcome back, in today’s article, we are all set to discover the truth behind different myths plaguing the 3D Printing industry. 3D Printing is a new technology, and hence it has been a victim of the “Gossip World”.
Let’s take a look in to the most common Myths about 3D Printing:
“3D printing is so advanced, the designing an object is only limited to your imagination.”
This is as true as it can be, 3D printing technologies are capable of producing almost any geometry, provided it can be built up in layers. However, every process has its own limits and hence the basic limitations still apply to your design.
Myth 2: “3D printing is for Volume Manufacturing.”
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While 3D printing is a promising technology, it is currently in the prototype stage and hence the use of 3D printing is limited. In today’s article we will discuss the various riddles, promises and hiccups, which come along with this new technology.
Having said that, the obvious debate is, its Pros and Cons?
Let’s begin with the Positive’s:
3D printing has taken the world by storm and has reduced various material costs and labor, the possibilities of a fully automated inventory has become a possibility. Furthermore, 3D printing technology has enabled various equipment manufactures to test materials and prototype models at full pledged potential, without the need of spending months on hand building a prototype. 3D printing has caused an increase in the demand for engineers, needed to build, test, maintain, and fix 3D printers, thereby reducing un-employment in India and elsewhere.
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What is 3D printing ?
3D printing is a method of manufacturing everything from cars to cupboards, to guns and robotic parts, using a computer-controlled printer.
The fundamental rule of 3D printing is that it’s an additive manufacturing technique, unlike traditional methods, which are subtractive. While there are different kinds of 3D printing techniques, all 3D objects are generally built out of different layers, fused together. A 3D printer starts with the bottom layer, waits for it to solidify, and then works its way up. This layering process differs depending on the printer and the material it works with , for example: metal, plaster, polymer or resin.
While consumer- and small business-oriented 3D printing is just taking off, 3D printing has been used in an industrial setting for almost 30 years now (Yes, your elders know about it).
Some industrial printers can print with multiple nozzles at the same time, or even use metal (more on that later).
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