3D Printing Scanning and Prototyping
3D Printing is an additive manufacturing process that creates a physical object from a digital design. There are different 3D printing technologies and materials you can print with, but all are based on the same principle where a digital model is turned into a solid three-dimensional physical object by adding material layer by layer.
3D printing machines vary in terms of the materials used to create three dimensional objects. Large industrial machines use a laser to selectively melt metal powder at high temperatures. The printing can take hours to complete depending on the size, and the printed objects are often post-processed to reach a desired finish.
Available materials also vary by printer type, ranging from plastics to rubber, sandstone, metals and alloys – with more and more materials appearing on the market every year.
To 3D print something, first you need a 3D model, the mathematical representation of any three-dimensional surface of an object. 3D models are created using computer-aided design tools, various specialized software tools that simplify the design process on computers, tablets or even smartphones.