A Short Introduction to 3-D Printing Technology
3-D technology or 3-D printing is a new form of technology – one where solid, three-dimensional objects, are printed with specialized printers, often going layer by layer, to form the object. Special software is required to develop 3-D images that are printable – and this virtual model is then ‘sliced’ into layers, so that it can be read by a 3-D printer, and thus reproduced. Various different materials are used – like plastics, metals, ceramics, and even sand, has been used to create various objects – for industrial prototyping and for products that can be applied in daily use. Various research projects are being done on 3-D printing, and its applicability and functionality in printing biological organs, or food – for various purposes. Organic printing, for now, has managed to escape our grasp – but soon, with technology advancing the way it does, organic 3-D printing will soon revolutionize the world as we know it, opening the market to vast new possibilities, and to revolutionize the way people approach certain aspects of life – like hunger, or medical transplants. With new technology coming in, the face of human life as we know it can be changed – extended, and enriched.
In order to print something using 3-D printing, the concept of the object needs to be created – and using a very specific format, like CAD (Computer Aided Design) – so that the 3-D printer will be able to read your file, or so that the 3-D scanner will be able to read your file – if your aim is that of reproducing the object in its entirety.
3-D scanners make use of various modern-day technologies to create a 3-D model, or a replica. These scanners are an important part of 3-D printing – and some examples include volumetric scanning, among others.
In 3-D printing technology, different printers employ different methods of printing, and each method uses different materials, in different ways. For example, some 3-D printers process powdered materials – like nylon, plastic, ceramic, or metal – and these printers utilize heat to melt, or fuse, the layers of the powder into a definite shape. Other printers process polymer resin materials and, again, utilize heat to solidify the resin into thin layers, which are then placed one on top of the other, to create the object. Another way in which 3-D printers function is by jetting fine droplets of material, and using ink and a binder to fix these droplets into layers, and thus form the object. The most common form of 3-D printing, however, is by using plastics – that are then heated in filament form, and then layered, one on top of the other, to create the desired three dimensional shapes.
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