Zero To Basics Of 3D Printing

3d printing is technology in which 3d models are converted into a 3d object with the help of computer control. In last few years, 3d printing technology is seeing as a manufacturing technology. By this method, Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced. The only requirement is a 3d model and the digital data source for control. The models can be made by digital scan technology are designing in computer aided drafting(CAD) software. Manufacturing is done layer by layer in 3d printing technology. Here are the basic points about 3d printing.

Object made by 3d printing technology
Object made by 3d printing technology

1.The 80s is the breakthrough for 3d printing technology. In 1983 Chuck Hull created the first 3d printer in 1983. And in early 2010 this printing technology of solids is well-known technology.

2.3d printing, also known as additive manufacturing. after the model is created in 3d software, the next procedure is slicing. The 3-dimensional model is divided into hundred or thousand in cross-sectional area. This process is also done with software. The process of manufacturing moves towards the bottom to top (cross section).

3.Directly conversion of a virtual design into a three-dimensional object, hence this method commercial operations or even everyday life.

4.This is the main types of types of 3D printers:

  • Stereolithography(SLA)
  • Digital Light Processing(DLP)
  • Fused deposition modeling (FDM)
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
  • Selective laser melting (SLM)
  • Electronic Beam Melting (EBM)
  • Laminated object manufacturing (LOM)

5.SLA (Stereolithography) is the old method of 3d printing which converts liquid plastic into solid 3d stuff. SLA is best when the requirement of rapidity functional parts can be manufactured within a day the challenging factors about SLA method is the size limit.

6.DLP (Digital light processing) is digital micro mirrors laid out on a semiconductor chip. The DLP is highly detailed artwork, prototypes, and molds.

7.The FDM (Fused deposition modeling)  is used to print functional prototypes, basically, it is a solid based The main use of this technology is to modeling, prototyping, and thermoplastics.

8. SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) is a technique that uses a laser as the power source to form solid 3d objects. In the SLS method machines use single-component powder or double-component powder.

9.SLM (Selective laser melting) process contains a high-power laser beam to fully melt the metal material into a solid 3-dimensional part. The major use of this method in complex geometries and assemblies with thin walls.

10.EBM (Electronic Beam Melting) is also an Additive Manufacturing method. in this method machine use an electron beam to fully melt the metal material.

11.In the LOM (Laminated object manufacturing) technology, the layers of adhesive-coated paper, plastic or metal laminates are fused together with the applications of heat and pressure. After cutting machining and drilling operation used additionally.

12.In the field of medical science, scientists are using various 3d printing technology to develop the human body parts artificially.

13.Drones, toys and various self-designed objects (for DIY stuff) are the very basic uses of 3d printing technology.

14.Microsoft’s 3d Builder app make 3d print easier With Microsoft’s Kinect you can make 3d scans of real time. The object scanning technology is used the Kinect sensor to record object.

15.The future of 3 printing technology in space exploration is bright. 3d printers can be used in space to create the stuff as requirements. Even the food’s 3d printing is can be used in future space programs.


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