It is possibly you have heard some sort of news regarding 3d printing and you are right to believe the hype surrounding it. Digital manufacturing has come of age and is entering into a new more advanced stage of its evolution. From 3d printed limbs, running shoes, trinkets and toys, there seems to be no end to this technology or its limits.
First off, take a look at the technology everyone is shouting about and get to grips or a handle on what 3d printing is all about, so here’s what you need to know.
The actual cost of purchasing a 3d printer is now within reach. Printers are now sitting sweetly at affordable prices. For those wanting to use its services and have one of their own at home, you are looking at spending between $500 and up, in excess of $2000. This is far more affordable than earlier models that were at sale prices closer to your mortgage!
Three-dimensional printers use the methods of rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing when carrying out their duties. This is the printer printing an initial layer of the object, the layer cooling and then another layer infused on top of it. This process is repeated several times until the object is completed to the right density and size.
This method is proving highly popular with manufacturers because it is cutting waste materials costs drastically by only using the minimum materials needed at each stage of the additive process.
The actual technology of 3d printing has been around for years, since the early 1980’s to be matter of fact. Earlier methods of use were generally in the industrial setting. Due to the nature and the speed at which this technology has evolved, printers are designed smaller, more affordable, easier to use and maintain. All of the previous attributes have only catapulted this technology further into the public eye making it wildly popular.
Printing and scanning solid objects and their services are as cheap as they have ever been. It seems that you now have the power and technology to create what you want, when you want it at the push of a button.