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3D Printing Art From Sapin To Italy

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At 3DPrintWise, we are keen to promote the little people from the world of 3D printing and those just starting out with their enterprises. For example, those trying to make a living as a 3D …
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3D Printing Favorites – Web Sites

It has been a while since I thought about what are my favourite web sites for 3D printing. What a choice there is in the space of only a couple of years or so since …
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3D Printed Humour

Over the last year, I have kept a list of funny or just plain stupid remarks made about 3D printing by all types of people. Many should know better. Quotes I have overheard, were directly …


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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.


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…