A 3D printer is a machine that creates parts out of plastic, using electrical energy.
It’s similar to the kind of machinery used in the manufacturing of electronic components like computers, but instead of being assembled into parts by humans, the parts are created by a machine.
The latest technology has helped 3D printers make more parts for a wider range of projects, including building medical equipment, designing medical implants and even creating Lego.
“The idea is to make parts that are more easily produced and cheaper, because if you’re going to build something like a prosthetic limb or a head, you have to have a certain number of components,” said Michael Smith, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Sydney and an expert in the 3D printing industry.
“That’s why we see more and more 3D prints being made in China.”
“So in a way, it’s like creating Lego,” he said.
3D printing was originally designed to make electronic components in the 1970s, but by the 1990s, the technique was being used to make virtually everything in our lives, from cars to houses.
But despite its ubiquity, there’s been a long history of people being puzzled by what a 3d printer actually looks like, and there’s now a growing body of literature exploring the technology.
In the new book ‘What is a Thing?’, Smith and fellow author, engineer and 3D print expert Stephen Lutz, have created a virtual tour of the world of 3D-printed objects, and then created an interactive infographic that shows you how the world might look like if the technology wasn’t so readily available.
What is 3D Printing?
The technology involves printing, in this case, plastic parts.
Smith explains that 3D models of objects can be made in a variety of ways, with varying degrees of precision.
For example, a car, for example, might be printed in a 3-D printer that can create a shape that looks like the shape of the wheel or the wheel’s bearings, but the actual vehicle itself isn’t printed out.
This is because the printing process uses the printing materials as well as the metal parts.
This allows the 3-d printer to produce objects that look like objects on paper.
Other 3D methods can also be used, including 3D scanning, which involves using a laser to create tiny holes in the plastic that are then filled with a material, such as a liquid.
Another method is a stereolithography (SLA), which is a form of 3-dimensional printing.
It involves printing parts in a particular direction and then scanning the resulting objects on a computer.
While these technologies are relatively new, they’ve already made a big impact.
By 2020, 3D technology will have become so widely used that it’s projected to be used in everything from building structures to medical implants, according to a recent report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
How do you build a 3rd dimension printer?
This new infographic shows how 3D technologies will impact 3D manufacturing in 2020.
At this stage, it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to produce more 3d printers.
But there’s a lot more technology available to make 3D parts.
Smith explains that in the past, the technology required to make a 3DS printer was a combination of lasers and deposition moulding, which was a complicated process.
Now, it may just be easier to use the 3d printing techniques we’ve developed to make all sorts of 3d parts for anything that’s a bit smaller.
There are still some challenges to overcome though, including creating materials that don’t oxidise when exposed to oxygen, Smith says.
You can read more about 3D design at the UN, and learn more about the 3Ds world at 3DDesign.com.