Who would have once thought that a printer could have produced 3D objects?
Well, that’s the magic of 3D printing: it entails designing an object on a Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and then printing it, layer by layer, to produce said object.
3D printers range in sizing and manufacturing power, and objects can be printed using a variety of materials that can withstand and be molded at high temperatures, like metals and plastics.
This innovative printing works by encoding the designed object in the software into a special string of commands, which then gets fed into the 3D printer. This command, called the G-code, instructs the machine how to print the object layer by layer.
What are the benefits of 3D printing?
The ease and efficiency of 3D printing has allowed pieces to be churned out of the printer at rapid speed. This means the new piece can be inspected, fitted, and have its design be adjusted as necessary at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional manufacturing.
3D modeling software facilitates the visualization of parts. This, along with the wide selection of materials available, makes 3D printing suitable for mass customization.
In addition, 3D printing is better for the environment in comparison to traditional manufacturing because 3D printed products create less waste, use less plastic and energy, and can use recycled materials.
What key industries now rely on 3D printing?
3D printing has opened up the world of innovation and introduced a new idea of hobbies for technical creators, and this has led to the existence and strength of a maker community.
However, 3D printing is not just reserved for hobbies: it’s positively impacted several key industries.
One industry impacted by 3D printing is the healthcare field, since it has contributed to the design and manufacturing of implants and prostheses. The prototype flexibility of 3D printing has allowed designs and fits to be better adjusted and optimized.
In addition, 3D printers have provided medical students and surgeons with accurate anatomical models with which to practice. Practicing helps them prepare for difficult or complicated procedures, leading to better and more accurate outcomes.
Finally, 3D printing is overall beneficial for the manufacturing process, since obsolete parts can be difficult to replace or find substitutions. 3D printing can easily and efficiently replace parts, therefore reducing issues present in the manufacturing supply chain.
The benefits of 3D printing have also spurred change in careers. Various professions dealing with 3D printing revolve around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning. It opens up professions within the engineering and manufacturing world, such as 3D printing and AI engineering.
Take a moment to dive into the world of 3D printing and discover a more sustainable and convenient form of manufacturing.