There are many reasons why 3D printing is so widely used today. 3D printing costs are lower compared to other technologies and materials. No materials are wasted, and time is much more efficient. That’s why 3D printing is fast becoming the number one choice for many manufacturers and designers. In addition, human resource and labor costs can be significantly reduced with 3D printing.
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What is 3D Printing?
3D printing is a process by which three-dimensional objects are created by joining or solidifying materials and combining them layer by layer, depending on the commands of a computer. 3D printing is becoming increasingly popular in many fields, this is why it is now commonly used by both professionals and amateurs.
A printer can create a product in general in 5 – 20 hours, depending on its quality and technical functions, as well as the complexity of the desired result. However, because 3D printing is a dynamic process, 3D printer parts cannot be used immediately after printing and require some post-processing surface finishes.
The process always starts with a 3D digital model or a CAD file. According to the 3D printing technology inventor, Arthus C Clarke, this process is based on a model divided into thin and two-dimensional layers by the printer software.
Printing 3D objects is by no means a simple task, but not a complicated one, when you have the necessary technology and raw materials.
A specialist will easily know how to choose the necessary work, keeping into account the fact that each material or object has its own particularities.
It is necessary to understand the basics in order to understand the entire process. Specifically, you need to find out what happens when you print 3D.
Through this type of printing, certain digitized concepts are transformed into three-dimensional objects, which we can see and analyze with the naked eye, to the greatest degree of similarity with reality.
3D Printing Advantages
3D printing has several advantages which can help designers and professionals make better decisions when choosing a manufacturing process. Also, this way you can get the best results. Here are some of the most important advantages of 3D printing
3D printing is accessible
It involves a low cost of labor. Labor costs play a huge role when considering a particular project. When we talk about conventional production that requires experienced equipment operators, labor costs are higher than 3D printing.
Using a 3D printer requires only one operator who has to press a button, because the rest of the procedure is followed by the automatic process of the printer. In addition, the manufacture of products by 3D printing is equal to small-scale and large-scale production.
The speed with which a 3D printer can produce models is a huge benefit in using this technology compared to old manufacturing methods. Therefore, 3D printing is much faster and easier than conventional manufacturing methods.
From the design stage to the final product, 3D printing quickly integrates ideas and models. Complicated projects can be taken from a CAD model and can be used for printing. It only takes a few hours to complete this process.