The new age of 3D printers has finally arrived. Soon, companies and people at home will be to create almost any kind of object they wish within a matter of hours. From a simple toy to an elaborate blueprint for a building, these machines can take even the most intricate designs and create them quickly and efficiently with little materials cost.
By making prototypes easier and cheaper to make, companies are encouraged to experiment and see what works long before the product is finally on the shelves. Interpreting a two dimensional design involves a precision machine to effectively interpret the data. The lack of variation in most processes makes them ideal for testing products ea
Materials used in the process are typically melted down so that they can be more effectively molded into a precise shape. This allows for no variation to occur unless the designer wills it so. As such, creating multiple copies or prototypes of an upcoming product becomes much easier, and can be done from the comfort of a home or office building.
The most common method of printing in three dimensional space is through extrusion. This involves a majority of organic materials that are produced and stored in a liquid or near-liquid state. This preserves their integrity and makes the process of manufacture much more precise. Thermoplastics and even edible materials can be made to extrude into a final design.
Extrusion and granular printing processes often work in tandem with one another. Thin metal sheets are used to create a series of interlocking parts that can be used to finalize a design. These metals may be less cost-efficient than organic compounds, but the chances of there being a manufacturing error goes down even further. Typically, designs are first seen with organic extrusion methods, and then a simple prototype made through a granular process.
Granular machines construct designs from the ground up. The materials are built upwards as if in building construction. This precision process ensures that each item will be exactly the same in both materials used and size. This lack of variation is especially important when creating finalized prototypes for use by engineers and marketing testers.
The prohibitive cost of certain 3D printers can shy away some buyers. Even today, the technology is only becoming more and more affordable. As companies begin to design and produce products using this manufacturing method, buy-in prices for new businesses looking to make their own products will fall.
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