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Some Materials In 3D Printing

by:Bofeng     2020-09-06
3D printing is a very interesting form of manufacturing technology that allows for the creation of almost anything. This technology works through a layer by layer process, in which layers of material are laid down at a time to create a final product. Some of these layers can be as large as .2- .3mm, while some layers are as small as.12 microns! That's about a fourth of the diameter of a human hair! Sometimes the resolution levels of 3D printing can simply blow others out of the water. The resolution all depends on quite a few factors, including the machine, the design, and the material. Today I want to highlight some of the various details about materials within the world of 3D printing.
Before getting into the materials, I want to discuss the process that actually sits behind 3D printing products. Before a piece can be manufactured, it must be designed by an artist, engineer, whatever you'd like to call it. Someone will sit behind a computer and manually (or through code) create these designs. These designs will be '3D printing friendly' and will be sent to the actual printers themselves. These printers use a CAM system, or a computer aided manufacturing system. Due to the CAM system, the printer will take the design, or blueprint into account - and it will create it layer by layer!
There are so many materials to choose from when it comes down to printing your design. There are certain qualities to choose from when it comes down to actually manufacturing your piece. What does this product or final object need to exhibit? Does it need to be very hard? Does it need to be inexpensive? What kind of resolution or detail does it need? Should it have a shiny finish? Should it be translucent? What about temperature tolerance? Chemical resistance? Does the product need to be rigid? What color does it need to be in? There are so many factors when it comes down to actually choosing your material.
When talking about actual materials, there is pretty much a material for everything. If a material exists in the regular manufacturing world, it likely exists in 3D printing as well. Some materials are very mechanical or metal, including Inconel, stainless steel, bronze, cobalt chrome, nickel, and titanium. Other materials are very flexible, such as the objet tango family. Quite a few materials offer strong heat resistance, such as Primepart. The options to choose from are vast. Perhaps you're just trying to save some money; what should you get on a budget? Perhaps you should look into ABS plastic materials, they are relatively inexpensive. So is alumide and verowhite. There are tons of options to choose from! Some places offer well over 50 materials to choose from.
Each project may be dependent on the material, so choosing the right one is a big deal. If you've spent hours on end designing parts, you should see the design through when it comes down to 3D printing it; make sure that your design gets shown the best material option!

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