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Market Places For 3D Prints

Market Places For 3D Prints

In the opinion of several of my business colleagues, 3D printing and specifically the market places for 3D prints may mimic what happened in the music and film industry – a place where big corporations …
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3D Printed Art – Sloris Studio

Some times having a hole in your expresso cup, shot glass or vase makes sense. Not often but in this case it certainly does. Beautiful items of 3D printed art with holes in them from …
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Craftbot: 3D Printers Without Compromise

With only 7 days left of their Indiegogo campaign, Craftbot have already exceeded their original requirement by more than double. The goal being to produce an affordable but high quality 3D printer that anyone can …

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Beginner’s Wiki

3D Printing

Additive manufacturing is a process of making 3-dimensional solid articles from digital models designed on a computer. The result is a physical representation of the digital file.

Printing in 3D is an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down, one on top of another, finally realising the complete object.

Techniques used in the additive process are fused deposition modelling, selective laser melting and direct metal laser sintering.

Advantages

These techniques are distinct from traditional manufacturing ( e.g. CNC machining) which remove material. As printing is not subtractive, adding material only, there is less waste.

Advantages include: manufacturing in a distributive manner, closest to the point of need whilst design changes can be realised in short time scales.

Larger, more complex or intricate items are frequently modelled, printed and assembled from 3D printed sub-components.

3D Printers

A 3D printer is a robotically controlled device, capable of performing an additive process by putting down layers of material in sequence so that the object is built one layer at a time.

3D printers are used for rapid prototyping in design for manufacture and increasingly for industrial production given the stated advantages.

Recently, machines using plastic FDM have been offered to consumers. Leading manufacturers are MakerBot, Ultimaker…



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