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3D printing info from the Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printing is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques (subtractive processes) which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting and drilling.
3D printing is usually performed by a materials printer using digital technology. Since the start of the twenty-first century there has been a large growth in the sales of these machines, and their price has dropped substantially.
The technology is used in jewelry, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, education, geographic information systems, civil engineering, and many other fields.
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Early examples of 3D printing occurred in the 1980s, though the printers then were large, expensive and highly limited in what they could produce.
- SLA was developed and patented by Dr. Carl Deckard at the University of Texas at Austin in the mid-1980s, under sponsorship of DARPA. A similar process was patented without being commercialized by R. F. Housholder in 1979.
- The term "3D printing" was coined at MIT in 1995 when then graduate students Jim Bredt and Tim Anderson modified an inkjet printer to extrude a binding solution onto a bed of powder, rather than ink onto paper. The ensuing patent led to the creation of modern 3D printing companies Z Corporation (founded by Bredt and Anderson) and ExOne.
- Stereolithography was patented in 1987 by Chuck Hull.
- fused deposition modelling was developed by S. Scott Crump in the late 1980s and was commercialized in 1990.
The term additive manufacturing describes technologies which can be used anywhere throughout the product life cycle from pre-production (i.e. rapid prototyping) to full scale production (also known as rapid manufacturing) and even for tooling applications or post production customisation.
In manufacturing, and most especially of machining, subtractive methods have often come first. In fact, the term subtractive manufacturing is a retronym developed in recent years to distinguish traditional methods from the newer additive manufacturing techniques. Although fabrication has included methods that are essentially "additive" for centuries (such as joining plates, sheets, forgings, and rolled work via riveting, screwing, forge welding, or newer kinds of welding), it did not include the information technology component of model-based definition; and the province of machining (generating exact shapes with high precision) was generally subtractive, from filing and turning through milling and grinding.
Personal manufacturing machines are known as "fabbers or 3D fabbers".
The use of additive manufacturing takes virtual designs from computer aided design (CAD) or animation modeling software, transforms them into thin, virtual, horizontal cross-sections and then creates successive layers until the model is complete. It is a WYSIWYG process where the virtual model and the physical model are almost identical.
The standard data interface between CAD software and the machines is the STL file format. An STL file approximates the shape of a part or assembly using triangular facets. Smaller facets produce a higher quality surface. VRML (or WRL) files are often used as input for 3D printing technologies that are able to print in full color.
To perform a print the machine reads in the design and lays down successive layers of liquid, powder, or sheet material, and in this way builds up the model from a series of cross sections. These layers, which correspond to the virtual cross section from the CAD model, are joined together or fused automatically to create the final shape. The primary advantage of additive fabrication is its ability to create almost any shape or geometric feature.
The printer resolution is given in layer thickness and X-Y resolution in dpi, or micrometres. Typical layer thickness is around 100 micrometres (0.1 mm), although some machines such as the Objet Connex series can print layers as thin as 16 micrometres. X-Y resolution is comparable to that of laser printers. The particles (3D dots) are around 50 to 100 micrometres (0.05-0.1 mm) in diameter.
Construction of a model with contemporary methods can take from several hours to several days, depending on the method used and the size and complexity of the model. Additive systems can typically produce models in a few hours, although it can vary widely depending on the type of machine being used and the size and number of models being produced simultaneously.
Traditional techniques like injection molding can be less expensive for manufacturing polymer products in high quantities, but additive fabrication can be faster, more flexible and less expensive when producing relatively small quantities of parts. 3D printers give designers and concept development teams the ability to produce parts and concept models using a desktop size printer.
The native resolution of a printer may be sufficient for some applications; if not, resolution and surface finish can be enhanced by printing an object slightly oversized in standard resolution, then removing material with a higher-resolution subtractive process.
Some additive manufacturing techniques use two materials in the course of constructing parts. The first material is the part material and the second is the support material (to support overhanging features during construction). The support material is later removed by heat or dissolved away with a solvent or water.
A number of competing technologies are available. They differ in the way layers are built to create parts, and the materials that can be used. Some methods use melting or softening material to produce the layers, e.g. selective laser sintering (SLS) and fused deposition modeling (FDM), while others lay liquid materials that are cured with different technologies, e.g. stereolithography (SLA). In the case of laminated object manufacturing (LOM), thin layers are cut to shape and joined together (e.g. paper, polymer, metal). Each method has its advantages and drawbacks, and consequently some companies offer a choice between powder and polymer as the material from which the object emerges. Generally, the main considerations are speed, cost of the printed prototype, cost of the 3D printer, choice and cost of materials and colour capabilities.
Printers which work directly with metals are expensive. However, in some cases inexpensive printers have been used to make a mould, which is then used as to make a metal part.
|Extrusion||Fused deposition modeling (FDM)||Thermoplastics (e.g. PLA, ABS), eutectic metals, edible materials|
|Granular||Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS)||Almost any metal alloy|
|Electron beam melting (EBM)||Titanium alloys|
|Selective heat sintering (SHS)||Thermoplastic powder|
|Selective laser sintering (SLS)||Thermoplastics, metal powders, ceramic powders|
|Powder bed and inkjet head 3d printing, Plaster-based 3D printing (PP)||Plaster|
|Laminated||Laminated object manufacturing (LOM)||Paper, metal foil, plastic film|
|Light polymerised||Stereolithography (SLA)||photopolymer|
|Digital Light Processing (DLP)||liquid resin|
FDM works using a plastic filament or metal wire which is unwound from a coil and supplies material to an extrusion nozzle which can turn the flow on and off. The nozzle is heated to melt the material and can be moved in both horizontal and vertical directions by a numerically controlled mechanism, directly controlled by a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software package. The model or part is produced by extruding small beads of thermoplastic material to form layers as the material hardens immediately after extrusion from the nozzle. Stepper motors or servo motors are typically employed to move the extrusion head.
Granular materials binding
Another approach is selective fusing of print media in a granular bed. In this variation, the unfused media serves to support overhangs and thin walls in the part being produced, reducing the need for auxiliary temporary supports for the workpiece. Typically a laser is used to sinter the media and form the solid. Examples of this are selective laser sintering (SLS), using metals as well as polymers (e.g. PA, PA-GF, Rigid GF, PEEK, PS, Alumide, Carbonmide, elastomers), and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS).
Electron beam melting (EBM) is a similar type of additive manufacturing technology for metal parts (e.g. titanium alloys). EBM manufactures parts by melting metal powder layer by layer with an electron beam in a high vacuum. Unlike metal sintering techniques that operate below melting point, the parts are fully dense, void-free, and very strong.
The CandyFab printing system uses heated air and granulated sugar. It can be used to produce food-grade art objects.
Another method consists of an inkjet 3D printing system. The printer creates the model one layer at a time by spreading a layer of powder (plaster, or resins) and inkjet printing a binder in the cross-section of the part. The process is repeated until every layer is printed. This technology allows for the printing of full colour prototypes and allows overhangs, as well as elastomer parts. Bonded powder prints can be further strengthened by wax or thermoset polymer impregnation.
The main technology in which photopolymerization is used to produce a solid part from a liquid is stereolithography (SLA).
In digital light processing (DLP), a vat of liquid polymer is exposed to light from a DLP projector under safelight conditions. The exposed liquid polymer hardens. The build plate then moves down in small increments and the liquid polymer is again exposed to light. The process repeats until the model is built. The liquid polymer is then drained from the vat, leaving the solid model. The EnvisionTec Ultra is an example of a DLP rapid prototyping system.
The Objet PolyJet system uses an inkjet printer to spray photopolymer materials in ultra-thin layers (between 16 and 30 microns) layer by layer onto a build tray until the part is completed. Each photopolymer layer is cured by UV light immediately after it is jetted, producing fully cured models that can be handled and used immediately, without post-curing. The gel-like support material, which is designed to support complicated geometries, is removed by hand and water jetting. Also suitable for elastomers.
Ultra-small features may be made by the 3D microfabrication technique of multiphoton photopolymerization. In this approach, the desired 3D object is traced out in a block of gel by a focused laser. The gel is cured to a solid only in the places where the laser was focused, because of the nonlinear nature of photoexcitation, and then the remaining gel is washed away. Feature sizes of under 100 nm are easily produced, as well as complex structures such as moving and interlocked parts.
Printers for domestic use
There are several projects and companies making efforts to develop 3D printers suitable for desktop use at a price many households can afford, many of which are related. Much of this work was driven by and aimed at DIY/enthusiast/early adopter communities, with links to both the academic and hacker communities.
The RepRap is a one of the longest running projects in the Desktop category. The RepRap project aims to produce a free and open source software (FOSS) 3D printer, whose full specifications are released under the GNU General Public License, and which can print many of its own parts (the printed parts) to create more machines. As of November 2010, the RepRap can print plastic parts, and requires motors, electronics, and some metal support rods to be completed. Research is under way to enable the device to print circuit boards, as well as metal parts. As of 2012, several companies and individuals sell parts to build various RepRap designs, with prices starting at about €400 / US$500.
Because of the FOSS aims of RepRap, many related projects have used their design for inspiration, creating an ecosystem of many related or derivative 3D printers, most of which are also Open Source designs. The availability of these open source designs means that variants of 3D printers are easy to invent; however, the quality and complexity of various printer designs, as well as the quality of kit or finished products, varies greatly from project to project. This rapid development of open source 3D printers is gaining interest in both the developed as well as the developing world as it enables both hyper-customization and the use of designs in the public domain to fabricate open source appropriate technology through conduits such as Thingiverse. This technology can also assist in sustainable development as such technologies are easily and economically made from readily available resources by local communities to meet their needs.
The open source Fab@Home project has developed printers for general use which can use anything squirtable through a nozzle, from chocolate to silicon sealant and chemical reactants. Printers to the project's designs were available from suppliers in kit or assembled form at prices in the region of US$2000 as of 2012.
Many of these printers are available in kit form, and some are available fully assembled. The Solidoodle 2, a 6x6x6 inch printer is available fully assembled for US$499. Prices of printer kits vary from US$400 for the open source SeeMeCNC H-1, US$500 for the Printrbot, both derived from previous RepRap models, to over US$2000 for the Fab@Home 2.0 two-syringe system.
Printers for commercial and domestic use
The development and hyper-customization of the RepRap-based 3D printers has produced a new category of printers suitable for both domestic and commercial use. The least expensive available machine in the assembled form is the Solidoodle 2, while the RepRapPro's Huxley DIY kit priced at around US$680 is one of the cheapest and most reliable. There are other high-end kits and fully assembled machines which are RepRap-based machines enhanced to print at high speed and high definition. Depending on application, the degree of printing resolution and speed of manufacturing lies between a personal printer and an industrial printer. A list of printers with pricing and other information is maintained. Most recently delta robots have been utilized for 3-D printing to increase fabrication speed further.
|“||Three-dimensional printing makes it as cheap to create single items as it is to produce thousands and thus undermines economies of scale. It may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming of the factory did....Just as nobody could have predicted the impact of the steam engine in 1750—or the printing press in 1450, or the transistor in 1950—it is impossible to foresee the long-term impact of 3D printing. But the technology is coming, and it is likely to disrupt every field it touches.||”|
Additive manufacturing's earliest applications have been on the toolroom end of the manufacturing spectrum. For example, rapid prototyping was one of the earliest additive variants, and its mission was to reduce the lead time and cost of developing prototypes of new parts and devices, which was earlier only done with subtractive toolroom methods (typically slowly and expensively). However, as the years go by and technology continually advances and disseminates into the business world, additive methods are moving ever further into the production end of manufacturing—sometimes even in ways that the pioneers of the techniques did not foresee. Parts that formerly were the sole province of subtractive methods can now in some cases be made more profitably via additive ones.
Standard applications include design visualization, prototyping/CAD, metal casting, architecture, education, geospatial, healthcare and entertainment/retail.
Industrial 3D printers have existed since the early 1980s, and have been used extensively for rapid prototyping and research purposes. These are generally larger machines that use proprietary powdered metals, casting media (e.g. sand), plastics or cartridges, and are used for many rapid prototyping uses by universities and commercial companies. Industrial 3D printers are made by companies including Objet Geometries, Stratasys, 3D Systems and Z Corporation.
Advances in RP technology have brought about the ability to use materials that are appropriate for final manufacture. These advances in material use have brought about the prospects of directly manufacturing finished components. The advantages of 3D printing in rapid manufacturing lie in the relatively inexpensive production of small numbers of parts.
Rapid manufacturing is a new method of manufacturing, with many of its processes still unproven. 3D printing is now entering the field of rapid manufacturing; according to a 2009 report it was believed by many experts to be a "next level" technology. Some of the most promising processes are adaptations of well established rapid prototyping methods such as laser sintering (LS). However, these techniques were still very much in their infancy as of 2006, with many obstacles to be overcome before RM could be considered a realistic manufacturing method.
Domestic and hobbyist uses
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Domestic 3D printing is mainly for hobbyists and enthusiasts as of 2012, rather than practical household applications. Designs such as a working clock have been made, not as a practical, or particularly accurate timepiece, but as an interesting project. Gears have been printed for home woodworking machines and other purposes. 3D printing is also used for ornamental objects. One printer (the Fab@Home) makes a point of including chocolate amongst the materials that can be printed. Web sites associated with 3D printing tend to include backscratchers, coathooks, and so on. The RepRap Web site includes such examples. The Fab@Home gallery had many objects without practical application, but included examples of what is possible such as a flashlight/torch using conductive ink for the electrical circuit, a battery-powered motor, a case for an iPod, a silicone watch band, and a translucent cylinder completely enclosing a brown box, something difficult to fabricate any other way.
The open source Fab@Home project has developed printers for general use. They have been used in a research environment to produce chemical compounds with 3D printing technology, including new ones, initially without immediate application as proof of principle. The printer can print with anything that can be dispensed from a syringe as liquid or paste. The developers of the chemical application envisage that this technology could be used both in industry and for domestic use, such as to enable users in remote locations to be able to produce their own medicine or household chemicals.
3D printing services
Some companies offer an on-line 3D printing service open both to consumers and to industry. People upload their own 3D designs to a 3D printing service company website, designs are printed via industrial 3D printers and then shipped to the customer. Some examples of 3D printing services companies are Shapeways, Kraftwurx, i.materialise and Freedom Of Creation. Thingiverse of MakerBot Industries allows the sharing of 3D printing files and serves as a community resource.
Research into new applications
Other applications would include creating open-source scientific equipment  or used for other science-based applications like reconstructing fossils in paleontology, replicating ancient and priceless artifacts in archaeology, reconstructing bones and body parts in forensic pathology and reconstructing heavily damaged evidence acquired from crime scene investigations.
By 2005, academic journals had begun reporting on the possible artistic applications of 3D printing technology. By 2007 the mass media had followed, with an article in the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine listing a 3D printed design among their 100 most influential designs of the year. During the 2011 London Design Festival, an installation, curated by Murray Moss and focused on 3D Printing, took place in the Victoria and Albert Museum (the V&A). The installation was called Industrial Revolution 2.0: How the Material World will Newly Materialise..
As of 2012 3D printing technology was being studied by biotechnology firms and academia for possible use in tissue engineering applications where organs and body parts are built using inkjet techniques. Layers of living cells are deposited onto a gel medium or sugar matrix and slowly built up to form three dimensional structures including vascular systems. Several terms have been used to refer to this field of research: organ printing, bio-printing, body part printing  and computer-aided tissue engineering, among others. 3D printing can produce a personalized hip replacement in one pass, with the ball permanently inside the socket; at available printing resolutions the unit does not require polishing.
A proof-of-principle project at the University of Glasgow, UK, in 2012 has shown that it is possible to use 3D printing techniques to create chemical compounds, including new ones. They first concept printed chemical reaction vessels, then use the printer to squirt reactants into them as "chemical inks" which then react. They have produced new compounds to verify the validity of the process, although not seeking anything with a particular application. They used the Fab@Home open source printer, at a stated cost of US$2,000. Cornell Creative Machines Lab reported that with 3-D Hydrocolloid Printing method customized food production is possible. 
The use of 3D scanning technologies allow the replication of real objects without the use of molding techniques that in many cases can be more expensive or more difficult, or too invasive to be performed, particularly for precious or delicate cultural heritage artifacts where the direct contact of the molding substances could harm the surface of the original object. Even a smartphone can be used as 3D scanner: at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, Sculpteo unveiled a mobile app that allows a 3D file to be generated directly with a smartphone.
Predictions for the future of commercial manufacturing, starting from today's already-begun infancy period, are that manufacturing firms will need to be flexible, ever-improving users of all available technologies in order to remain competitive. It is also predicted by some additive manufacturing advocates that this technological development arc will change the nature of commerce and globalisation, because end users will be able to do much of their own manufacturing rather than engaging in trade to buy products from other people and corporations. However, the real integration of the newer additive technologies into commercial production is essentially a matter of complementing traditional subtractive methods rather than displacing them entirely. As an example of a possible future application, an open source group emerged in the United States in 2012 that is attempting to design a firearm that may be downloaded from the internet and "printed" on a 3-D Printer. The weapon would however still need bullets fabricated by traditional methods. Calling itself Defense Distributed, the group wants to facilitate "a working plastic gun that could be downloaded and reproduced by anybody with a 3D printer".
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The slow print speed of 3D printers limits their use for mass production. To reduce this overhead, several fused filament machines now offer multiple extruder heads. These can be used to print in multiple colours, with different polymers, or to make multiple prints simultaneously. This increases their overall print speed during multiple instance production, whilst requiring less capital cost than duplicate machines as they can share a single controller. Unlike using multiple machines, they are restricted to making identical copies of the same part, but then they can also offer the multi-colour and multi-material features, when this is needed. Their print speed increases proportionately to the number of heads and their energy cost rather less than this, as they can share the same heated print volume, both of which reduce their overhead costs. However the main cost is still the cost of the raw filament and this is unchanged.
Many printers now offer twin print heads.These are however used for manufacturing single (set of) parts in multiple colors/materials.
In October 2012, CartesioLDMP was the first open source 3D printer to print 4 identical (set of) parts at the same time with 4 extruders.
Few studies have yet been done in this field, to see if conventional subtractive methods are comparable to additive methods.
Between 2011 and 2012 a 3D printing focused exhibit was held at Disseny Hub Barcelona. It was called Full Print3d. Printing Objects. The permanent exhibition, Full Print3d. Printing objects provided an introduction to digital fabrication through a series of projects that illustrate the conceptual implications of this type of production for design.
- Additive Manufacturing File Format
- Cladding (metalworking)
- Desktop manufacturing
- Digital fabricator
- Direct digital manufacturing
- Fab lab
- List of common 3D test models
- List of emerging technologies
- Self-replicating machine
- Tissue engineering
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