3d printing primer
3D printing primer - O'Reilly Media3D printing primerA survey of 3D printing technologies and principles.April 15, 20153D printer(source: O'Reilly)In the past few years, there have been an ever-increasing number and variety of commercial 3D printing systems offered by both nascent startup companies and well-established corporations. The marketing and advertising associated with these offerings usually does little to educate the consumer in the basic principles used. Because of this, consumers are often overwhelmed witAs the field has been developing rapidly (and shows little sign of slowing down now), any survey of 3D printing will likely be subject to rapid obsolescence. With that in mind, the material contained within this report should be sufficiently generalized to provide a useful introduction to the relevant methods for the foreseeable future, providing a basis of understanding fo3D printingFigureÂ 1-1 shows the search history for these three terms, in a sort of linguistic popularity contest from 2007-2014.A Google Trends result for "3D printing," "rapid prototyping," and "additive manufacturing"As you can see, "3D printing" overtook "rapid prototyping" as a search term in 2011, while "additive manufacturing" is beginning to catch up to RP as well. Why the long decline of tends to have some connotation of "just for show" or "not fully functional," a stigma that 3D printing technologies seek to transcend. (SM), a concise description of milling, machining, grinding/polishing, and other approaches in which material is removed selectively from a solid chunk. Additive manufacturing is the preferred term used to describe 3D printing in academic, industrial, and governmental circles.The future of 3D printing can be seen in these terms. There is already substantial discussion of This report is not a fully detailed timeline of the development of 3D printing technologies (see for that). Instead, it attempts to generalize the types of methodologies used in 3D printing systems, to help the semi-technical reader identify and recognize the technologies that enable the 3D printing products marketed to them.Because there are many ways to "3D print" an object, we are primarily concerned with the distinctions between the different methods used. If you have watched the recently released documentary Using Your 3D PrinterDavid Saint JohnIntroductionWhat's In a Name?