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3D PRINTING INFOGRAPHIC

educational 3D printing infographic by felice mediaWHAT IS 3D PRINTING?

3D printing, or “additive manufacturing,” is the process of creating three dimensional solid objects from a digital file plan.  3D printing starts by utilizing software to design the object model, then fabricates the object from layers of materials.  Each of these layers appears as a horizontal cross-section of the overall object.

Three dimensional printing can be used to replicate most objects that can be scanned, or create entirely new objects through the digital design process.  Over the past two decades, we’ve seen this new technology become a powerful tool for consumer goods manufacturing, medical breakthroughs, architectural design, and so much more.  Read the 3D printing infographic below or the interactive lists to the side to see exactly why the possibilities of this application are impressive.

3D printing infographic by bri ziganti
robot by felice media
HOW IS AN OBJECT PRINTED?
  • step one

    DESIGN

    A product is designed using CAD software. This digital model is the “blueprint” that the 3D printer will follow to create the actual object.

  • step two

    PRINTING PREP

    This digital model is then pushed through slicing and sending processes to prepare it for printing.

  • step three

    SLICE

    The engine slices the design into single printable layers and plots the toolpaths to fill them in.

  • step four

    STACK

    These layers are then sent to the printer and begin instructing the printing robot to build the object by stacking these slices.

  • step five

    3D OBJECT

    Depending on the materials used, the design concept will become a real-life, three dimensional object in several minutes to several hours

WHY IS THIS PROCESS SO INNOVATIVE?
  • quick prototyping using 3D printing

    QUICK PROTOTYPING

    The speed of concept-to-creation and the large variety of materials available make 3D printing an excellent way to make a physical prototype that can be used to quickly check for design flaws.

  • affordable production using 3D printing

    AFFORDABLE PRODUCTION

    Right now, most merchandise is still pre-fabricated and mass-produced, then stored in a warehouse to await a sale. 3D printing cuts costs of stockpiling and waste if an entire batch isn’t sold.

  • on-demand personalization using 3D printing

    ON-DEMAND PERSONALIZATION

    3D printed products are made-to-order and are often customer-specific or even completely one-of-a-kind.  Modifying designs take a matter of hours instead of months with significantly less waste.

WHAT CAN YOU PRINT WITH?
  • 3D printing with plastics

    PLASTICS

  • 3D printing with sand

    SAND & GLUE

  • 3D printing with wax

    WAX

  • 3D printing with edible ink

    EDIBLE INK

  • 3D printing with glass

    GLASS

  • 3D printing with polymers

    POLYMERS

  • 3D printing with human tissue

    HUMAN TISSUE

  • 3D printing using metals

    METALS

HOW MUCH DOES 3D PRINTING COST?
CONSUMERS: $500-2k
DESIGNERS: $10-50k
MANUFACTURERS: $60-200k

Smaller, simpler printers are often purchased by schools or hobbyists. Mid-range models are used by design studios and small businesses, and large, high-volume printers are used by manufacturers in almost every industry. As 3D printing technology becomes more sophisticated, prices continue to fall, making this industry uniquely accessible to nearly any consumers.

FUTURE USES OF 3D PRINTING
  • printed foods

    PRINTED FOODS

    “Inks” made of edible foods can be molded into intricate shapes. Printing syringes can be filled with liquid foods such as icing and used to precisely decorate an item that already exists, such as chocolates or cake.

  • bioprinting

    BIOPRINTING

    3D bioprinting can fabricate metalic or plastic artifical limbs, or new, living tissue to replicate entire organs, lowering the cost of prothetics and eliminating the problem of low donor supply.  Using this same method, the cost of prosthetics will drop to 1/10 the amount of traditionally-made artifical limbs. Additionally, prosthetics can be shaped and customized more easily.

    Instead of spending $20 – 70k on a prosthetic limb, patients can receive a customized body part for merely hundreds.

  • self service

    SELF-REPAIR & SERVICE

    Instead of sending a broken appliance into a service center to be fixed, anyone who owns a 3D printer can simply order and download their wax, metal, plastic, ceramic, or polymer replacement part and fix the object themselves. Because prints must be precise and can take hours or even days to fabricate, this DIY repair option would be ideal for fixing products that are too expensive or cumbersome to ship, or are located far away from the nearest service center.

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Did you enjoy the 3D printing infographic?  Want one of your own?  I can illustrate and even research a customized infographic for your brand or business.  Tell me about your project idea.  I’d also love it if you shared the 3D printing infographic with your friends and followers!