How 3D printing works: a technology that opens up new opportunities

By Jurassic JennApr 9, 2024 17:35 PMTech
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SSPDaily has prepared an article about 3D printing. Learn about the opportunities this technology opens up for production.

3D printing is a revolutionary technology that allows you to create three-dimensional objects using an additive manufacturing process. It involves slicing a digital model into thin, cross-sectional layers and sequentially printing and stacking these layers to form a physical object. This process opens up new possibilities for manufacturing, allowing for the creation of complex, customized, and intricate designs that were previously difficult or impossible to realize.

How 3D printing works

The 3D printing mechanism includes several stages. First, a digital model is created using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Then the model is divided into horizontal layers, and each layer is printed separately, based on the previous ones.

The printing material, such as plastic filament or resin, is extruded onto an assembly platform according to the specifications of the digital model. The layer-by-layer printing process continues until the 3D object is fully formed.

3D printing components

The most important components of 3D printing are the 3D printer itself, the material to be printed, and the software used to design and prepare the digital model. There are different types of 3D printers, such as fused deposition modeling (FDM), stereolithography (SLA), and selective laser sintering (SLS) printers.

The material for printing can be a variety of substances, from polymers and ceramics to metals and even biocompatible substances. CAD software is used to develop and modify the digital model, and slicing software translates the digital model into instructions that can be executed by the 3D printer.

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