Is 3D printing new?

At some point, a lot of people actually thought that FDM was the only additive manufacturing technology. But FDM is not even the first 3D printing technology developed, and 3D printing actually started in the 1980s. Here is a quick 3D printing timeline from the 1980s to today. The history of 3D printing is fascinating.

What is the latest printing technology?

Inkjet will propel the latest printing technology owing to its price and speed. Inkjet printers have proven to be faster compared to traditional printers. Moreover, these printers can be roll-fed or sheet-fed, which is revolutionary.

Is 3D printing a digital technology?

In addition to traditional methods in product development, the increasing availability of two new 3D digital technologies, namely digital manufacturing (3D-printing) and digitizing of surfaces (3D-scanning), offer new opportunities in product development processes today.

How has 3D printing changed over time?

Prototyping: 3D printing changed the speed, materials and functionality with which prototypes could be efficiently produced, leading to faster overall production, fewer prototyping iterations and lower overall costs.

How precise is 3D printing?

The accuracy of a desktop FDM 3D printer is around ± 0.5 mm. The accuracy of an industrial FDM printer is around ± 0.2 mm.

What can 3D printers print?

3D printing uses computer-aided design (CAD) to create three-dimensional objects through a layering method. Sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing, 3D printing involves layering materials, like plastics, composites or bio-materials to create objects that range in shape, size, rigidity and color.


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