3D Printing (also called Additive Manufacturing) is something that makes a your 3D art literally come to life. Although this technology was invented by the end of 20th centaury, it wasn’t popular back then because of being expensive and not so user-friendly. But now, 3D printing has become a lot more affordable & popular.
These days more and more schools are trying to introduce 3D printing to their students as a part of STEM education. India too is catching up in this race. India too is encouraging schools, institutes to include 3D printing using plans like Niti Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (Atal Tinkering Labs), or Skill India programs, or Quad Fellowship, etc. In this blog we will briefly describe what there are. But first let’s go through about 3D Printing.
What is 3D Printing?
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the manufacturing of a three-dimensional object from a 3D design (usually a CAD model or a digital 3D model). These CAD models could be of .stl formats, .obj formats or other similar formats. Even the voxel art can be 3D printed.
The term “3D printing” can refer to a variety of processes (such as FDM, SLA, SLS, etc.) in which material is deposited, joined or solidified layer by layer to create an actual, real life 3D object, with material being added together.
Recently, non-planar 3D printing has been created. But the most common type being used popularly is still the planar 3D printing.
3 Main 3D Printing Techniques
3 main types of 3D printing techniques include-
- FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)
- SLA (Stereolithography)
- SLS (Selective Layer Sintering)
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