8592837554_e02715f7b1_zAdditive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing is a new way of making products and product parts from a digital paradigm.

A 3D printer creates modules by placing layers of material one on top of another, with an electronic schematic, until the desired module has been created.

Commercial 3D Printers

3D printers use various kinds of additive technologies, but there is one strong commonality; they all create a three dimensional object by building it layer by layer, until the entire object is complete. It’s similar to building a Paper Mache object for a grade school project.

Manufacturers have traditionally used the printers in the creative process to construct production models, but until recently, the apparatus has been cumbersome and too costly
Many of today’s 3D printers are used by product designers, architects, and surgeons to make prototypes to use in student presentations.

Today’s 3D printers use a variety of substances that can be pushed into 3D layouts. The only requirement is that the design must allow the layers to be applied in increments.
The speedy, state-of-the-art printers of today are very expensive. Many cost upwards of ten thousand dollars, but the companies that purchase them save many times that amount in the prototyping process.

The Digital File

A 3D printer needs to have instructions so it will know what to print. To solve this problem, a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file is created with the use of a 3D modeling program. The program creates a file that is dispatched to the 3D printer. The printer’s software minces the design into numerous horizontal layers. These layers will be printed one on top of the other, until the 3D component is complete.

Personal 3D Printers

Besides commercial 3D machines, personal 3D printers are now available and with a price tag ranging from $200-$2050, they are much less expensive than the commercial variety.
There are a myriad of uses for 3D printers, and more are being discovered every day. Almost anything you can think of or dream of can be printed.
Some unique examples are:

• Jewelry
• Art work
• Holiday ornaments
• Sewing patterns
• Parts for appliances
• Toys
• Home decorations
These creations are made from many different types of materials, including metal, plastic, glass, gold, and silver.

Advantages of 3D Printing
• 3D printing is used by crime scene investigators to help solve crimes.
• 3D printing allows architects to create prototypes of their designs.
• Surgeons can use 3d printers to print out pictures of body parts for reference prior to surgery.
• 3D printing enables artists to create objects that would be very complicated to construct with traditional processes.
• If errors occur, changes can be made immediately and the prototype can be reprinted instantly.
• 3D printing saves time and money; it decreases energy usage and minimizes waste.

Additive manufacturing is the process of configuring a three-dimensional item from a 3D schematic. This is accomplished by the use of additive procedures in which consecutive layers of material are built under the computer’s power. This unique technology has paved the way for many new possibilities in a variety of provinces.

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