Additive manufacturing, 3D printing & rapid prototyping are all terms for the same process of building a three-dimensional object from a digital (CAD) model. However there is a difference – in 2010 the ASTM International (F42) committee defined additive manufacturing as: “… making objects from 3D data, usually layer upon layer…” and 3D Printing as “… fabrication of objects through the deposition of a material using a print head, nozzle or other printer technology.” These terms are published in ASTM F2972 and are now accepted internationally by ISO, clearly positioning 3D Printing as a process within the Additive Manufacturing industry.
3D Printing does appear to be the term which has achieved wider public recognition as the range of Additive Manufacturing technologies have become more visible in the general marketplace. Most recently ‘Rapid Prototyping’ has been dropped by many companies that can produce end-use parts.
There is a large variety of different types of 3D printer that function in different ways and produce an equally wide variety in the finish of the end product. At Zeal 3D Printing we build using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA) and Selective Laser Sintering(SLS) technologies and offer a range of different materials and finishes.
We at Zeal 3D Printing are excited to note the advancements in 3D Printing. We are sure that you have come across the fascinating new-age technology of 3D Printing and its ever increasing application in innovation. 3D Printing or alternatively called as Additive manufacturing is process of making 3 dimensional objects directly and it is one of the fastest developing technologies. Its applications are ranging from product innovation to printing human parts and on a lighter side even printing food. No wonder the potential of this technology is recognised by American president in his speech and highest priority endorsed by Singapore and Japan governments. With all the revolutionary advancements in technology and its application, 3D Printing will be the game changing technology of next millennium.
The Advantages of 3D Printing
  1. 3D printing provides a wide variety of manufactured products, including customizable products and even an individual’s personal designs.
  2. Rapid Prototyping:Products can more quickly go from just a design to an actual prototype.
  3. Just like the previous advantage, the manufacturing speed for a large number of final products is equally fast.
  4. Even though the initial setup costs are higher, 3D printing has become cheaper than cheap labor in third world countries.
    Additionally, the costs of 3D printing are still decreasing, with the potential of 3D printers in homes in the near future. Furthermore, the costs of customized products are the same for mass production products.
  5. With traditional manufacturing technologies, it is much faster and cheaper to manufacture additional products that you probably know that you will eventually need. However with 3D printing, only products that are sold need to be manufactured, thus warehousing of excess inventory is significantly less needed.
  6. One of the innovative products that 3D printing may provide is the manufacturing of customizable human body parts or organs. While these usages are still experimental, the potential advantages are huge. Imagine doctors quickly building and replacing critical organs, such as the heart, lungs, or liver that will have almost no chance of donor rejection, since the organs will be built using the patients unique characters and DNA.
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