It seems that everyone is interested in this technology known as 3D printing. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing is becoming a trend in small businesses. It is becoming available to individuals and 3D printer costs are now consumer-friendly. 3D printing is easy and available to those who want customized or homemade products. Over the years, 3D printers have become more consumer-friendly with their print prices. It is more affordable and new materials, techniques and the internet are making new things possible for tying it all together. This technology offers the advantage of making individually, specifically tailored objects on demand.
Additive manufacturing is the process of creating a physical object by taking data from a computer file (usually .stl) and having a 3D printer construct the object using a paper, powder, liquid or sheet material. . 3D printing services are used to create models like lighter airplane pieces, jewelry, aerodynamic car bodies and other custom products. Desktop printing can be done at home, in the office or any other place that is not a non-traditional environment.
Many wonder how this technology works. I will use the 3D printing company, Kraftwurx, as an example. First, the consumer uses computer software to design the model that they want. If they are not able to design the model themselves, they can draw a sketch of the model they want and post it on www.kraftwurx.com. A professional or a krafter can take the job and design the object for the consumer. The consumer can also look through the krafters projects and message them if they want to work with that person. The project can be available to be sold globally on the website to other consumers or just have it printed near a 3D printer that is near that consumer who came up with the concept. The materials and finishes for the objects can be customized by the consumer.
After the model is created, the object is sent to a 3D printer to be produced. The cross sections and CAD model fuse together to create the final shape of the object. By using this technology, any shape or geometric figure can be created.