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3D Printing Technology

How are objects made?

Objects are prepared on the printer's build tray.  A print head deposits resin by moving back and forth on the X and Y axis.  The build tray slowly moves down on the Z axis and the material is added layer by layer, each time being cured by a UV light.  The materials are liquid photopolymer resins which are layered by the print head in thin,  16 - 30 microns,  layers.  This gives the designer the capability of creating extremely detailed, and accurate objects.

What are the applications for 3D printing?

3D printing can be used for jewelry and art, architecture, fashion design, art, architecture and interior design.  some of the most important applications of 3D printing are in the medical device industry and the aerospace industry.

3D printing allows designers and developers to go from a conceptual design on the computer to a real object quickly, accurately and affordably.  Objects that require molds to be created can now be printed for form, fit and functionality, before the final mold is created.

What is 3D printing?

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a prototyping process in which objects are created from a 3D CAD design. The digital 3D-model is saved as an .STL format, which can be recognized by the printer. The 3D printer then prints the design layer by layer and form a real object. There are several different 3D printer types.  Our printer uses liquid resins, which are cured by UV light, to form the object.