There are many different kinds of three dimensional printing equipment and they can all print in various types of materials with different tolerances. There may be many types of printing equipment and materials however they all physically print in the same general way.
The printing equipment follows an additive process of transferring a material in successive layers upon a printing surface. The process begins with the base layer and then stacks layers upon each other until the object is completely built.
Prior to printing an object, one has to design a 3D drawing of their object with a computer software program such as a SolidWorks drawing or a CAD (computer aided design) drawing. Within these software programs we are able to create a digital file with the exact dimensions that are desired.
Once the drawing is created and is approved, it is then sent to a printer which reads the digital data and begins print thousands of layers within the constraints set out by the digital drawing. When the printing process is complete you will have yourself a real, physical, and tangible object that accurately matches the original drawing created.
What are the different stages of the 3D Printing Process?
Stage 1: The Initial Sketches
Set the groundwork by drawing a couple basic sketches to identify the intended function and physical form of the object you are creating.
Stage 2: Technical Development
Refine your current sketches and convert them into technical drawings by adding proportional and dimensional data. This aids in giving your object true size and shape.
Stage 3: Generating CAD Files
Take the information on your technical drawings and use computer aided design software to generate digital drawings of your object.
Stage 4: Digital 3D Modeling
Using the data from the CAD files and the technical drawings we create a three dimensional digital model of your object. The purpose of this is to visualize your object in 3D form. This is the stage where alterations, modifications, and changes are made in order to fine tune all physical design elements.
Stage 5: Printing the 3D Prototype
Once the digital model is created; that information is sent to our 3D printer which produces a real, working, tangible prototype. The prototype can now be used for case studies to test its aesthetic appearance and how it functions. The 3D prototype is also ideal for showing investors or employees a physical representation of your proposed idea.
Stage 6: Post Print Finishing
After any modifications to the prototype have been made; we then print out a revised final prototype which can undergo post print processing. To enhance the professional look of your product we can finish it by sanding, painting, sealing, glossing, or chroming it. This is the stage where the final visual touches are completed.
If you have any more questions about how 3D printing works in general or how a specific printing process can benefit you then please give us a call at 647-693-9970 or contact us by filling out the form above. Our knowledgable team has the answers that you are looking for and can provide any service that you are in need of.