How To Guide For: A Look At The 3-D Printing Revolution
3-D Printing is the manufacturing of solid objects by the deposition of layers of material such as plastic in accordance with specifications that are stored and displayed in electronic form as a digital model. For example let's say you want a new digital camera, and you sketch it out on your computer, and a few minutes later you now have that digital camera in your hand. The real thing. This is the idea and the promise behind 3-D printing. This process is additive, where multiple layers from CAD (computer-aided design) drawings are laid down one after another to create different shapes. The computer directs the 3-D printer to add each new layer as a precise cross-section of the final object. Industries that use 3-D printers include engineering, architecture, medical, industrial design, construction and many others. 3-D printing follows a predetermined plan provided by computer software. It is believed that 3-D printing will change the face of manufacturing. It is not just useful for printing quirky things that make news headlines. The potential is there to make functional products for practical day to day use. One of the proposed benefits of 3-D printing is that it could decentralize the manufacturing industry. The prediction about additive manufacturing was that people would someday eventually be able to print products at home using their very own desktop 3-D printers. This is all very fascinating stuff and 3-D printing still has a long way to go. To get more information on the 3-D printing revolution click on the pictures below to read the articles.