3D Printer

Print it! The magic of 3D printing

An ear replacement? Print it

A replacement for you car taillight? Print it

Your wedding dress, picture frames, furniture or maybe, a bone?  Print it

3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital model. The product is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. This practice is considered distinct from traditional techniques (subtractive processes) which mostly rely on the removal of material by drilling, cutting etc.

 

A materials printer usually performs 3D printing processes using digital technology. Since the start of the twenty-first century there has been a large growth in the sales of these machines, and their price has dropped substantially.

The technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing in jewelry, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction, automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, education, geographic information systems, civil engineering, and many other fields.

3d shoes

Some facts

  • Charles Hull is the inventor of the modern 3D printer
  • The first published account of a printed solid model was made in 1981 by Hideo Kodama of Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute
  • Printer resolution describes layer thickness and X-Y resolution in dpi (dots per inch),or micrometres.

3D Printing is a technology that’s been around for a while but lately, with price reduction and mass accessibility, they are developing fast and a vast array of people are using it for many different purposes. In the next couple weeks we will se various commercial and personal uses people are giving to 3D printing.

What would you print if you had a 3D printer?

1 reply
  1. Design Theory
    Design Theory says:

    I actually met a local business that does 3D printing here in Orlando. They had a booth at the Orlando Business Journal Expo at the Science Center. It was pretty cool to see it in action. Though no where near as fast as traditional paper printing, hehe.

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