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All About 3D Printing

3D Printing is an additive manufacturing process that creates solid 3D physical objects by adding Material layer by layer. Different 3D printing technologies and materials are available

Depending on varies 3D printing technologies and printer (Starting from desktop printers that melt a plastic material and lay it down onto a print platform to large industrial machines that use a laser to selectively melt metal powder at high temperatures) Depending of printer and Part geometry printing can take Few minutes to days to complete the Task.

 


Pros and Cons of 3D Printing

Pros:

  • Create Complex part design with need of any tool.
  • Shorter lead Time which leads to shorter time to market
  • Low initial investment as fixture and mould cost is not involved to manufacture parts
  • Easy to Customise
  • Various materials options are available from flexible rubber to hard plastics

Cons:

  • Economical only for small quantities
  • Inferior quality parts as compared to injection moulded parts
  • Low Precision
  • To achieve desired colour and finish, post processing operations are required.

3D Printing Technologies:



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