Now Every Household May Have A 3-D Printer

By Jefferson Grantham

It defies the imagination to consider how the new technology of 3D printers will affect the world. This is expected to impact every field of enterprise in the future. This is due to the fact that it will be as inexpensive to produce one single item as to produce a hundred or even a thousand.

Techniques make it possible to turn a two dimensional image into a three dimensional one on the surface. It is a method called pad printing. Other techniques are holography, lenticular and stereograms, which are 2D parallax stereograms the the individual perceives as 3D.

The 3D printing process makes a 3D solid object using a digital model. It is an additive process. To make the different shapes, layers of material are laid down successively. Digital technology of this type was first created in 1984. Since the year 2000, the sales of these machines has grown exponentially.

The architects, construction companies, aerospace engineers and a lot of other industries find these techniques useful. They are used in mass marketing. Consumers will find lower prices for their purchases according to some predictions.

The process involves an inkjet 3D printer spreading a layer of powder in this system. Another layer and another are spread on top to facilitate the full color prototypes. These bonded powders used can be made stronger by adding wax which enhances them.

Lamination is used producing thin plastic or sheet metals. Photopolymerization produces solids from a liquid. Digital light processing is another method as is multiphoton polymerization which uses a block of gel and produces ultra-small objects.

All these technologies are complex and an explanation in depth is beyond the scope of a generalized article. One important fact is that the machines that perform all these processes are now focusing on development of an affordable for use at home printer. The cost is to be under a thousand dollars.

This inexpensive version of the 3D printer is being customized specifically for domestic uses. The price is decreasing as the adaptability is increasing. These inexpensive units will be capable of achieving high-definition and high speed printing in 3D.

As for speed, it is not as fast as standard printers, yet faster than the industrial models. The price for the home use model continues to go down. This will enable 3D printers to continue to have an increased impact on all types of manufacturing and manufacturing development plans in cross industrial fields.

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