So what is 3d printing? In this article we will take a look at the origins of additive manufacturing which has come to be known as 3d printing.
We will explore the different methods of 3d printing and discuss materials that are used in additive
manufacturing. Further to this we will look at what types of end products are being manufactured using this process today and take a peek into some exciting prospect for this technology in the future.
We will also be looking at some of the best 3d printers available to both business and home based 3d printing users on the market today.
Chuck Hall the Father of 3d Printing:
The process of 3d printing was first invented by Chuck Hull in 1983 whilst he was hardening tabletop coatings using a UV light. He realised that he could form 3d objects by exposing layers of photosensitive resin to uv light and allowing it to harden. Successive layers would then be formed on top of each other building up a solid object under guidance of a computer program. This form of 3d printing was christened “stereolithography” and Chuck patented the process on March 11, 1986. For more information on Chuck Hall go to the Wikipedia article Here….
For a more detailed explanation of how the stereolithography or (SLA) printing process works see our page Things To Consider When Looking For A 3D Printer For Sale.
The other major process for producing 3d printed is FDM 3d Printing. This process uses extruded plastics and organically produced filaments. For further details of this printing method please see our explanation <<HERE>> anchor text needed…….
What Type Of Things Can We Produce With A 3d Printer?
There is a vast array of thing that can be 3d printed. 3d printer are being used to manufacture items as diverse as food products and houses.
3d printing is aiding research for medical purposes. Labs have printed human organs and body parts such as ears and noses. Organs for transplant are being researched. These would overcome fears of rejection by the body as they would be printed using the patient’s own stem cells Bio Printing.
In China ten houses were recently printed in a single day. The cost of these houses was less than $5000 each.
3d printing is not only time saving but is proving to be very cost efficient in many fields of human endeavour.
Leading 3d Printer Manufactures:
As with any industry there are lead manufacturers in the 3d printing industry. One of these leaders is MakerBot, LulzBot, Sindoh & Flashforge to name but a few. We have reviewed some of the best printer on the website and below you will find a list of links to some of those reviews. read on……
- FlashForge 3d Printer Creator Pro
- LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer 3d Printer Review
- Formlabs Form 1+ Complete Package with Clear Resin SLA 3d Printer Review.
- MakerBot Replicator+ 3d Printer Review
- Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer with Heated Build Plate
- Sindoh’s DP200 3DWOX 3D Printer Review
The above printers are all 4 and 5 star rated by Amazon.com customers and represent great value for money. So why not go check them out.