About 3D Printing

3d printer - makerbot3D printing (also know as Additive Manufacturing) is a process of making a solid three dimensional object of virtually any shape from a digital model.

3D printing uses an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes to form a solid 3D object – as opposed to┬átraditional subtractive manufacturing techniques, which primarily rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling.

By “slicing” the blueprint into digital cross-sections, the printer deposits the manufacturing material (liquid, powder, or sheet material) gradually building up layers, until complete. The virtual model and the physical article are almost identical.

3d sphereThe process allows for rapid prototyping, rapid manufacturing and mass customisation of products or components, and can reduce significantly new product development time, testing and costs. The technology has been used in the manufacture of jewellery, footwear, furniture, weapons, spare parts, and even food, as well as in architecture, civil engineering, construction and motor vehicle, aircraft and aerospace and dental and medical industries.