About 3D printing technology

About 3D printing technology

  • 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.
  • The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes.
  • In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created.
  • Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
  • 3D printing enables us to produce complex (functional) shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods.
  • The 3D printing industry encompasses many forms of technologies and materials. The 3D printing is being used in the following industrial sectors:
    • Consumer Goods
    • Industrial Goods
    • High Tech
    • Services
    • Healthcare sectors, etc.
  • 3D Printing in Medical field
    • The outlook for medical use of 3D printing is evolving at an extremely rapid pace as specialists are beginning to utilize 3D printing in more advanced ways.
    • Patients around the world are experiencing improved quality of care through 3D printed implants and prosthetics.
  • Bio-printing
    • 3D printing technology has been studied 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 and slowly built up to form three dimensional structures.
    • This field of research is known as Bio-printing.
Section : Science & Tech

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