3D Printing Materials
“Do you realize if it weren’t for Edison we’d be watching TV by candlelight?” Regardless of the fact that he made 1000 unsuccessful attempts to succeed, inventing a light bulb. Had it not been for technology and its innovations, the world would still be riding on a bullock cart, let alone troubling the oxen!
With a replica of the desired image in hand, the history of printing goes back to the duplication of images by means of stamps in very early times. It goes back to the Mesopotamian civilization before 3000 BCE, where most of the work of arts survives and features both complex and beautiful images. In China, India and Europe, the printing of cloth preceded the printing of paper. The development of printing has made it possible for books, newspapers, magazines, and other reading materials to be produced in great numbers. This has also helped in promoting literacy among the commonalities.
From Wood to Laser printing and Digital to 3D Printing, the upgrades have simplified lives, for every impression made on paper can be different and excellent for rapid prototyping. This means it is more accessible to a wider range of people and cost effective in short runs.
Here are the days of 3D Printing, with talk of revolution and new age. The answer is that this is the start of a new revolution.
The immense growth in the use and applications of 3D Printers is encouraging a massive growth in the market for 3D Printing Materials. Materials have already been used to create circuitry and phones like the LG G Flex are being made with plastic-based components. The massive growth in the use of applications of 3D Printers encourages massive growth in the market for 3D Printing Materials.
How does this work?
It all starts with making a virtual design of the object you want to create. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modelling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object).
These scanners use different technologies to generate a 3D model time-of-flight, structured / modulated light, volumetric and many more. The 3D Printing Material market is segmented into four types: plastics, metals, ceramics, and others. These have specific demands that are differentiated by placement, cost, and efficiency. Plastic materials are useful in applications such as consumer printing and industries where consumer products are manufactured. Metals are used in high end industries such as aerospace & defence, automotive, medical & dental, etc. Ceramics are useful in home decor, dine table, art & sculpture, and others. Using these materials increase the efficiency of their applications.
3D Printing has now caught its stride for companies like Tesla, are using it to build engine parts, and SpaceX is using it to create rocket parts in the aerospace and automotive domain.
Did you know researchers can now 3D print a human heart using biological material? Now, isn’t that interesting…!
Originally published at iauro.com on February 29, 2016.