3D Printing Essentials and Trends

3D printing is a fast-growing segment of the manufacturing market, with engineers and developers breaking through limitations as new innovations are developed. Designers in all disciplines and industries need to understand the machines, materials, and processes to get the most out of these new technologies.  Jeff Kerns of Machine Design outlines several factors with respect to cost of machines, materials, speed, and tolerances compared with other processes (see below).   The article includes video clips of the 3DP product, which allows large-scale prints (1 × 1 × 0.5 m); and the Peachy Printer, the world’s first $100 3D printer.

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