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What is 3d printing

3D Printing is a manufacturing technique that uses additive processes. It consists of adding a lot of thin layers of a given material to build a three-dimensional object.

A 3D Printer is a manufacturing tool used to create three-dimensional artifacts that have been designed on a computer. 3D printers have a wide range of shapes, sizes, and types, but in essence they are all computer controlled additive manufacturing machines. Similar to how paper printers lay down ink in one layer to create an image, 3D printers lay down or cure material layer by layer to create a three- dimensional object.

In order to create objects, 3D printers are following building programs based on topographical data compiled into 3D files. This way, 3D Printers are only adding (or turning solid) the material in the appropriate areas and piling up to create the volume of the object. Each 3D file is divided into slices and rebuild layer by layer.

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A very simple comparison is to imagine a sliced bread. Lay one slice and rebuild your bread by adding one slice upon the other. That's exactly what a 3D printer do to build an object. The descriptive data of the object shape need to be summarized into a digital file, called 3D file. It can be created by using a 3D modeling software. There is a large variety of software available, with different levels of complexity, depending on the requirements (individuals,industrial, designer, etc.). To learn more, you can read our tutorials on how to prepare your file for 3D printing.

3D Printing makes a physical transcription, a 'materialization' of these digital data, which opens wide possibilities for creativity. This new printing method is often considered as being revolutionary as it takes a completely different logic and then older conventional production methods. With the traditional industrial processes, the machines remove material, 3D printing adds material.

Printing Workflow

Step 1: 3D FILE

In order to 3D print, you must have a 3D file. Here are few ways to

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Design an object to print in a 3D modeling or CAD program

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Find a file online from website like
thingiverse

Step 2: PREPARE BEFORE UPLOADING

Before uploading a 3D file, you must prepare the file first. Preparing 3D object in CAD softwares and translates it into a language (STEP, STL, OBJ etc.) the 3D printer can understand. This is referred to as slicing.

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Step 3: WE WILL 3D PRINT IT

We will print the final print as per your need in terms of dimensions and materials.

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Step 4: YOU WILL GET IT DELIVERED

We will give it finishing touch, get it packed and then deliver at your door.

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Infill Percentage

Infill is the support structure inside your object. Changing Infill affects your print's density. A higher percentage will result in a more solid object, while 0% infill will make your object hollow.

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0% infill

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10% infill

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40% infill

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