The Advantages Of 3D Printers
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The Advantages Of 3D Printers

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The Advantages Of 3D Printers The rise of manufacturing with 3D printers begins a new era of cost- effective item production.

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Published 16 May 2013
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The Advantages Of 3D
Printers The rise of manufacturing with 3D
printers begins a new era of cost-
effective item production. Even the most
elaborate and complicated of designs and
shapes can be effectively replicated
through the use of these machines, all
through the implementation of various
algorithms and equations.
The more the technology improves, the
easier it will be for companies to create
their own products to save money and
time. By making prototypes easier and cheaper
to make, companies are encouraged to
experiment and see what works long
before the product is finally on the
shelves.
Interpreting a two dimensional design
involves a precision machine to
effectively interpret the data. The lack of
variation in most processes makes them
ideal for testing products. Materials used in the process are
typically melted down so that they can
be more effectively molded into a precise
shape. This allows for no variation to
occur unless the designer wills it so.
As such, creating multiple copies or
prototypes of an upcoming product
becomes much easier, and can be done
from the comfort of a home or office
building. The most common method of printing in
three dimensional space is through
extrusion. This involves a majority of
organic materials that are produced and
stored in a liquid or near-liquid state.
This preserves their integrity and makes
the process of manufacture much more
precise. Thermoplastics and even edible
materials can be made to extrude into a
final design. Extrusion and granular printing processes
often work in tandem with one another.
Thin metal sheets are used to create a
series of interlocking parts that can be
used to finalize a design. These metals
may be less cost-efficient than organic
compounds, but the chances of there
being a manufacturing error goes down
even further. Typically, designs are first
seen with organic extrusion methods,
and then a simple prototype made
through a granular process. The granular method of processing
involves a ground-up building of the
design. A foundation is laid with the
initial materials, and then the product is
built upwards as materials are stacked
and interwoven with one another.
This tends to be a very effective form of
printing because designers can see how
difficult it would be to manufacture the
product outside of the printer's
effectiveness. The prohibitive cost of certain 3D printers
can shy away some buyers. Even today,
the technology is only becoming more
and more affordable.
As companies begin to design and
produce products using this
manufacturing method, buy-in prices for
new businesses looking to make their
own products will fall.
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