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What is 3D Printing?
​​It sounds like science fiction, but 3D printing is already reshaping our lives in dramatic ways!
 

The History of 3D Printing
The field of 3D printing – which began in the late 1980’s – has gone from a novelty where hobbyists and techies could produce a few rudimentary trinkets, to an advanced technology that’s changing the face of manufacturing, engineering, medicine, aerospace, and a variety of other fields.

Starting as a form of Rapid Prototyping, a product was designed in a CAD program, then a machine created the prototype for testing, directly from that file.


Rapid Prototyping Machines Evolve
The term 3D printing was coined (and trademarked) in the early 1990s, by engineers at MIT. They created Rapid Prototyping machines based on observations of an inkjet printer, which lays down ink in one primary color, then layers a different color on top of that, and then the third, in order to create the desired colors of a picture. Engineers reasoned that if the same principle could be applied in three dimensions instead of two, and an entire object could be created, rather than just a 2D picture.

Additive Manufacturing
The inkjet printer model is only one 3D printing method in a larger field called additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing refers to a process of creating objects by adding materials to one another. It’s contrasted with subtractive manufacturing, which starts with a larger piece of material and cuts away to make the desired object, such as carving a sculpture out of wood, or creating a metal chess piece with a lathe.

Other methods of additive manufacturing that have been developed over the years include:
  • stereo lithography, which creates objects from a liquid resin exposed to UV rays
  • fused deposition modeling, which sends plastic polymers through a heated nozzle to form them
    into the desired object’s shape
  • direct and selective laser sintering, which melt metal powder into the form of the object by
    heating it with a laser.


Though these methods are all very different, the term “3D printing” is the one that’s caught on, and is generally used colloquially to refer to any form of additive manufacturing.

All Types of Polymers
Initially 3D printing was limited in scope by the polymers they used: they could create only basic plastic objects. As time went on, a variety of polymers were introduced into the printing process, creating more complex objects with different properties, including: 

  • strong, dense polymers for objects like hammers and other durable tools
  • lightweight, flexible polymers for things like circuit boards
  • biodegradable polymers can create disposable objects
  • multiple polymers with different properties can produce more complex object


Aluminum and Titanium Based Products Too
While polymers may be versatile and durable, melting makes them too pliable for making engine parts that must withstand high temperatures. However, within the last few years, laser sintering – which uses powdered metal instead of plastic polymers – has been developed. This allowed 3D printers to create objects out of aluminum or titanium, opening up a whole new realm of possibilities for additive manufacturing.

Today, 3D printing has grown sophisticated enough that it can create intricately detailed objects that are impossible to produce via other forms of manufacturing – from moveable prosthetics to new and improved components for airplanes, space stations, and more.

3D ColorJet Printers (Click here or Image to Find out more) 

Create stunningly beautiful, full colour parts like no other 3D printer can. Specialised applications for mechanical design, healthcare, architectural, engineering, education, geospatial and packaging.
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3D MultiJet Printers - Click here or Image to find out more

This series of plastic 3D printers are ideal for creating durable, high-definition functional prototypes, rapid tooling like injection moulds and casting patterns, and end-use parts.
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3D Direct Metal Printers - Click here or Image to find out more

Produce metal parts with challenging geometries that cannot be made using traditional subtractive or casting technologies. Parts can be made in a variety of metals that are fully dense and fully usable. Print anything from prototypes to larger production series of up to 20,000 units.
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​3D Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) - Click here or Image to find out more

These production printers empower you to rethink entire production and supply chain strategies, allowing for advanced product performance, lower total manufacturing costs, and localized on-demand manufacturing.
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