3D printing is not just going to be a flash in the pan. It’s one of the newest technologies out there today and promises to be one of the most influential ones in the coming years. The impact that it is already having on multiple industries is incredible. The future of 3D printing is bright and is something that anyone who relies on additive manufacturing should start using.
Why? Why is 3D printing going to stick around? How can this new and (let’s be honest) relatively untried technology beat out the tried and true techniques that make additive manufacturing a success?
For one, 3D printing technology is continuously evolving. A tech that was previously only found in university labs where it was hand-built by graduate students and needed constant attention can now be easily bought at large retail stores and used to print models on your desk at home with minimal supervision.1
These simple printers produce very simple models, but it is clear that the technology has come very far. On an industrial scale, 3D printers are smarter, more stable, and faster than ever before. They are only getting better as more and more manufacturers across many industries are realizing the real and impressive capabilities of 3D printing.
3D printing is the process where ideas produced on the limitless canvas of computer modeling can become reality. Strangely shaped parts no longer need a specialized machine to produce them. If the 3D printer is large enough, it will build the part layer by layer.
Later, it can build another, entirely different looking part in the same way. A single 3D printer is a lot like a factory unto itself, capable of building a wide variety of parts and items without needing a whole new machine, just a reload or change of materials.
While many think of 3D printing as something that is only done with plastic. You can’t produce real functional items with it that are made from metal or other materials with 3D printing, can you? It’s what you use to make little models for presentations or simple items like headphone holders, right? No!
The technology has moved well beyond just printing layers of plastic. New models of 3D printers can print not just standard resin, but also nylon, tool steel, copper, stainless, and Inconel, among other materials.
This means that not only can 3D printing give you plastic models, but it can be used to produce actual working parts or even fully functional products. All of this will be based on computer files contain your designs.
At Jawstec, we are ready to help you join the 3D printing revolution that is beginning to sweep across additive manufacturing. We have a number of 3D printers that can print in a number of materials, including resin, nylon, and steel.
We also offer 3D design services to help you make sure that your product ideas get from the screen to the printer so that the final product matches your vision perfectly. Contact us today to see how we can help you become a part of the brilliant future of 3D printing!
- Schubert, Carl, Mark C. Van Langeveld, and Larry A. Donoso. “Innovations in 3D printing: a 3D overview from optics to organs.” British Journal of Ophthalmology 98.2 (2014): 159-161. Google Scholar