While not everyone is aware of what 3D printing is, the day will come when everyone will know. There have already been many uses discovered for it and that is likely to continue in the future.
The newest printers can take a digital file of almost anything and turn it into a solid 3D object. There is a process that must be used in order to create an object for printing. It involves the placement of several extremely thin layers of material. When put together, the printed out object is complete.
Anyone can create a 3D model for printing. However, there are certain items needed to do so. They include modeling software, an app, a scanner, and a haptic device. While most modeling software is expensive, it is possible to download open source modeling software free of charge. These programs work just as well as paid software programs.
In addition, slicing software is needed to complete the process. This software takes a 3D model and slices it into the individual layers. Depending on the 3D printer one has, this software may be built into it. After the file has been completely sliced it must be delivered to the printer. Files can be transferred over the Internet or by using a USB drive.
There are many objects that a 3D printing service can provide. They include eyewear, prosthetics, scale models for architecture projects, movie props, and more.
Several fields of study are already seeing the benefits of 3D printing. It is often used in paleontology, archaeology, and forensic pathology. 3D printers can be used in the reconstruction of fossils, and the replication of artifacts from ancient times. Even various body parts and bones can be reconstructed using 3D printing.
When it comes to crime scene recovery, this technology is also useful. It effectively allows for the reconstruction of crime scene evidence that would otherwise be useless to law enforcement officials.
While printing in 3D is a new concept to many people, it has actually been used for prototype creation for decades. Using a 3D printer to create prototypes is a process referred to as rapid prototyping. Prototypes can be created within days using this technology. Prior to its invention, creating prototypes often took several weeks.
Rapid manufacturing is also made possible. This is a newer use for these printers. Businesses have embraced this manufacturing process for years. For example, the automotive industry benefits from this type of printing. Spare automotive parts can be printed using 3D technology. It is also useful for creating tools used in the repair of automobiles. These companies are able to print the needed parts on demand, avoiding having overcrowded warehouses. Another popular use of 3D objects is to help restore older cars.
Aviation is another industry where printing in 3D is valuable. In the past, parts needed for airplanes had to be welded together. With the ability to print in 3D, this is no longer an issue. It is just the start of what 3D technology can do to change the world.