What is 3D Printing?
So, what is 3D printing?
3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is a family of processes that produces objects by adding material in layers that correspond to successive cross-sections of a 3D model. Plastics and metal alloys are the most commonly used materials for 3D printing, but it can work on nearly anything – from concrete to living tissue.
What's 3D printing used for?
Efficiently make one-off parts and create highly complex geometries that are only possible with 3D printing.
FUNCTIONALLY ENHANCED PRODUCTS
3D printing removes many of the constraints imposed by traditional manufacturing processes that prevent engineers from truly designing for optimal performance.
CUSTOM MEDICAL IMPLANTS
To achieve osseointegration, manufacturers are using 3D printing to precisely control surface porosity to better mimic real bone structure.
TOOLING, JIGS AND FEATURES
3D printed composite tooling and machining fixtures are often cheaper and faster to produce and conformally cooled inserts for injection moulds can dramatically reduce cycle times.
METAL CASTING PATTERNS
Combining 3D printing with metal casting bridges the gap between generatively designed parts and proven manufacturing approaches for large metal objects.