3D Printers & Prototyping Australia
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3D Printing and Prototyping is a form of “additive manufacturing”. 3D Printing and Prototyping means that rather than removing material from a block with a cutting tool, layers of material are laid down and fused together to form an object. 3D Printing and Prototyping is done by computer controlled machines that typically use a nozzle capable of moving in 3 directions (X, Y & Z), and putting down layers of flowing heated plastic, which then harden and bond to lower layers. Any object drawn in a 3D CAD modelling program, or scanned using a 3D laser scanner can be produced. Detail is however limited by the resolution of the 3D Printing and Prototyping machine.
Many more specific 3D Printing and Prototyping technologies exist such as Stereolithography (SL), where liquid translucent plastic in a tank is cured with a laser, or Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), where a similar process is performed on powdered solids such as plastics, metals or ceramics. The choice of which 3D Printing and Prototyping technology to use depends on the properties and tolerances required in the part being made.
Affordable basic 3D Printing and Prototyping machines are commercially available for use in small companies. Suppliers usually offer models in several sizes (maximum size of finished part), as well as a variety of material selections with different colours and mechanical properties. Many companies exist as well that offer 3D Printing and Prototyping as a service, along with part design and 3D laser scanning, depending on the organization.