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3D Printing: Manufacturing technology gets some new dimension

When you hear “3D”, your first thought might be the last movie you saw, or those crazy red and blue paper glasses from your childhood, or even those weird hidden image pictures that you had to look at cross-eyed to see.  But 3D has gained significant attention in tech news recently with the explosion of 3D printing technology taking the world by storm.

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MakerBot “Thing-O-Matic” 3D printer
(photo by Engineering for Change)

 

It’s the latest tech craze and it spans multiple industries, with applications in medical technology, manufacturing, art, concept modeling, engineering, and even fashion. But what exactly IS 3D printing? Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing is the process of making a three-dimensional object of almost any size and shape using a digital model.  This is done by depositing successive layers of a material in different shapes to create an object.

 

3D printers have been around since the early 1980s, but have really taken off in the last few years, with printers becoming smaller, cheaper and more accessible. Every day sees new uses for the technology emerging.  Dozens of printer companies have emerged, including MakerBot, Stratasys, and PrintrBot, and experts forecast that 3D printing may eventually become part of everyday consumer life. Customers could easily find patterns and digital models to print or modify their own products at home, or create “on-demand” replacement parts. 3D printing is even being used to create new tissue and body parts, in addition to prosthetic limbs and custom medical equipment. The possibilities truly seem endless!

3D Repair & Maintenance Tool Kit

3D Repair & Maintenance Tool Kit

 

As 3D printers become more common, and used by more people, the need for additional tools to get the most out of the printers will grow too. Even well made forms and printed objects need finishing touches, and Techni-Tool has the solution. Our new 3D printer finishing kit is taking tool kits to the next dimension, and comes packed with precision tools and accessories ideal for post-processing all of your 3D printed creations. Designed by professionals who work closely with 3D printers, this kit has everything you need for accurate, polished prototypes and more. Check it out, along with our thousands of other tools and products, on our website!

 

Do you or your company use 3D printing? What do you use it for? Let us know!

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