3D printing is a process by which 3-dimensional objects can be created. It is transforming the way the world produces machine parts, clothing, tools, toys, and even body parts. Now designers, doctors, and engineers can create complex 3D parts for airplanes, cars, and machines, at a fraction of the cost and at comparatively reduced amounts of time.
It works on the principle of additive manufacturing (AM). The object is created by adding material layer by layer. The entire procedure to create a 3D object is very systematic with the help of a computer.
In case you desire to create any 3D object, you simply have to form a blueprint or an AMF (Additive Manufacturing File). There are a number of software packages such as Blender to create your desired objects. A number of websites exist such as Shapeways.com and Thingsiverse.com to create wonderful products using from their featured collection and also by your own imagination.
Once you have a finished design, you may feed it to the printer. As printer receives the data, the input material is pulled through a tube, heats it to melt it and deposits the same on a plate. The molten materials cool on the plate instantaneously. Plastic is the most common material for the 3D printer.
In fact, many suggest that 3D printing is the dawn of the 3rd industrial revolution ensuring the original assembly production line that began in the late 1800s.
There have been wonderful developments using 3D printing in a variety of fields. Consumer friendly 3D printers are now available to create 3D stuff for domestic consumers and small businesses.
Now food printers are available which permit the creation of intricate food delicacies in heavenly shapes and colors. In the medical industry, doctors are testing the 3D printers to develop biomaterials to create organs and body parts for regenerative medicine. Patients’ cells can be used to create body parts such as ears, noses, and transplants.
In China, an oversized 3D printer has created housing structures very rapidly and efficiently using 3D printers. It has created more than ten structures in just one day at very low cost.
The number of applications is growing rapidly with time. 3D printers are helping our world to introduce complex, and intricate objects economically, efficiently, and at a rapid pace. This wonderful product is changing the lives of millions of people globally.
3D printing is emerging as an evolution in the world’s industry, changing it in many aspects such as design complexity, variety, speed, tooling simplicity, cost efficiency, and … A new star is born in our technical world.