Discover the world of 3D printing

3D printing is a remarkable technology that reaches into a vast array of industries and uses. We are here to help you discover what it is and how and when it is used. Let us show you just what a difference it’s making to people’s lives, workflows and businesses

What is 3D printing

3D printing is an innovative technology that lets you create a physical object from a digital model. It started in the 80’s under the name ‘rapid prototyping’ because this was the purpose of the technology: to prototype faster and cheaper. A lot’s changed since then, and today 3D printers offer amazing results and let you create anything you can imagine.
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How does 3D printing work?

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3D printing is also called additive manufacturing, because unlike the traditional subtractive manufacturing, 3D printing doesn’t remove material, it adds it, layer after layer.
In order to print something, first you’ll need a 3D model of the object you want to create, which you can design in a 3D modeling program (CAD – Computer Aided Design), or use a 3D scanner to scan the object you want to print. There are also more simple options, like searching online on Youmagine.com or thingiverse.com for 3D models that have been created and shared by other people.
But how does the printer work? Although there are several 3D printing technologies, most of them create the object by laying down many successive thin layers of a material. Usually, desktop 3D printers use plastic filaments (1) which are fed into the printer by the feeder (2). The filament is melted in the print head (3) which extrudes the material onto the build plate (4) creating your object layer by layer. Once the printer starts printing, all you have to do is wait – it’s that easy.
Of course, when you become an advanced user, playing with the settings and tweaking your printer can lead you to even greater results. To learn more about how 3D printing works.

What can you do with 3D printing?

The possibilities of 3D printers are endless, and they’re now becoming a commonplace tool in fields like engineering, product design, manufacturing and architecture. Here are some typical uses:

Custom models

Create customized products that are completely tailored to your needs in terms of size and shape. Make something that wouldn’t be possible with any other kind of technology.

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Fast prototyping

3D printing makes it possible to quickly create a model or prototype, helping engineers, designers and companies to get iterative feedback on their designs in a short time.

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Complex geometry

Models that are difficult to even imagine can be created in a 3D printer with ease. These models are great at educating others about complex geometry in an interesting and useful way.

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Lower costs

The cost of 3D printing end use parts and prototypes is low thanks to the materials and technology used. Production time and material waste are reduced too as you can print models multiple times using only the material needed.

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