Build New Worlds: understanding how 3D printing works
By GB Blog Official 2016-10-31 920 3
Designed as a manufacturing tool used to create 3-dimensional artifacts designed on a computer, a 3D printer has a huge range of applications:
● Designers use them to test out product ideas.
● DIYers use them for DIY fabrication.
● Manufacturing companies use them to make complicated parts for assemblies.
What is a 3D printer?
All 3D printers can be simply described as tools, which allows people to create things they were not able to make before.
From this article, you will learn what 3D printers are, how they work, when they should be used, and how to design, and use them.
All 3D printers are controlled by a computer, adding material bit by bit to form a model or artwork that you want.
They can also be used to produce custom designed parts quickly and cheaply. This is why 3D printers have become one of the best rapid prototyping tools available anywhere on the market.
How does a 3D printer work?
Well, there are various types of 3D printing processes: some are much better suited for larger-scale manufacturing projects; others allow for multiple materials or color printing.
One of the most common types is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM for short). For this type, the extruder head of the printer fabricates material layer by layer to build up a 3D model, and each layer fuses to the previous one as it cools.
This is simple. However, before the printing, you need design an accurate 3D model with your computer program.
Then you must choose the proper filament for the correct result. Connect the 3D printer with computer, push the button, and then you wait for your amazing fabricated artwork.
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