3D printing and digital manufacturing: a new reality.
by Laura S.
In the 21st century, where the innate choice for technology predominates at every step, it is crucial to know which is the best option within the digital manufacturing .
The dichotomy present in the current digital era indicates that new technologies are preferred by consumers, but that at the same time paper or another physical object is also needed as a value instrument within digital manufacturing.
Many of the designers and manufacturers of Faberin are digital in nature, focusing on design and 3D printing of interior decoration products. So, for them, and for all those interested in digital manufacturing, in this post we will deal with the main aspects of this novel way of creating products.
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Image by 'LoneLamp F' designed by Javier Mañas.
A new reality
3D printing is an additive manufacturing process . It allows to create a physical object from a digital design. Thus it is possible to create an object with volume following a model previously designed using digital techniques .
This new reality is possible thanks to the CAD design , a design assisted by a computer. This system allows the whole design process to be supported by computer tools that allow the optimal manufacture of the designed parts.
Many consumers demand a fusion between paper and new technologies . This is due to the number of users who refuse to lose the tangible value of paper but undoubtedly also consider it obsolete in itself.
This is why 3D printing becomes even more valuable in a market that is thirsty for novelties, where originality is rewarded and viralised.
Imagen de 'Soul 4.0' diseñada por Francisco José Gómez.
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How a 3D printer works
Regarding how a 3D printer works, we can say that the printing process itself varies depending on the technology.
Initially, desktop printers melt a plastic material and deposit it on a printing platform. On the other hand, the large industrial machines can use a special laser in this process to melt the metal powder at high temperatures.
Home 3D printers are based on the “extrusion technology”, i.e. they output a melted substance, usually plastic, through an opening.
Initially, in order to achieve this process, a raw material such as plastic threads must be placed in the printer.
The fundamental thing in all this process is to have a design previously worked of digital form to avoid errors and this way to be able to personalize it to the millimeter.
Image by 'Chignon' designed by Juanny Barcelò.
Key aspects for 3D printing
This print brings countless benefits to people who don’t want to get rid of the touch of paper or the feeling of having something tangible in a totally revolutionary way.
The benefits to product manufacturing are many:
– A single 3D print can make an infinite number of different products.
– Allows product prototypes in flexible and fast way.
– Reduces costs , since production can be done from home.
– Allows to customize objects or products exclusively.
– It generates new jobs within a new industry that demands originality, so the way 3D printing meets the needs of the consumer and digital manufacturing..
Image by 'Candel Home' designed by Miguel Mojica.
Without a doubt, 3D printing opens a new door within digital manufacturing that gives way to the possibility of building a totally revolutionary new reality.
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Words by Laura S.