There are many misconceptions about 3D printing floating around on the internet right now. Everyone should definitely know the basics of how 3D printing works and clear their minds of any myths since the technology is growing every minute.
Here is an outline of the basics of 3D printing:
- 3D printers use additive manufacturing. This is a pretty simple concept to understand. Traditional manufacturing is subtractive, which means it cuts the finished product out of a block of material. On the other hand, 3D printers layer the material to build the finished product--no material wasted.
- 3D printers are not all that different from regular printers. They read the image, or model, on your computer program. They transform ink, or material, into the finished product. They require maintenance and refills, and you have to know how to use one.
- 3D printers are still in their infant stage. Although countless breakthroughs have been made in the 3D printing industry, 3D printers