Today’s technical capabilities are constantly developing, and technology and equipment have been greatly improved. 3D printing has gradually become popular and well-known to the public. Stratasys, the originator of 3D printing, has already been used in automobiles, medical care, aerospace, education, consumer goods, etc. It has applications in all fields; when it comes to the advantages of 3D printing, first let’s understand the three most commonly used methods for product development and production:
Subtractive manufacturing: A regular solid is cut and processed using mechanical equipment such as CNC to finally get the product we need.
Injection Molding: Making products by injecting material into molds with heat, mostly used for high-volume production.
Additive Manufacturing: Also known as 3D printing, the final model is built by adding materials layer by layer.
Nowadays, more and more companies in all walks of life are using 3D printing technology to achieve product development. It has many significant advantages over other traditional manufacturing methods. Next, Xu Guoxiang of BE-CU.COM will talk with everyone about the advantages of 3D printing:
1. Convenient and fast, can print various types and specifications of products
The most obvious advantage of 3D printing technology is that it can generate parts of any shape directly from computer graphics data without the help of mechanical processing or any molds, helping companies quickly print three-dimensional models and realize a process from two-dimensional to three-dimensional. . 3D printing not only breaks through the limitations of traditional production technology and greatly shortens the product development cycle, but more importantly, it satisfies people’s various imaginations about product design and can design complex or creative products more intuitively and efficiently.
2. Reduce production costs and improve production efficiency
Because 3D printing is different from traditional technologies that require the establishment of production lines, it greatly simplifies the manufacturing process and can effectively reduce production costs such as manpower and material resources. At the same time, 3D printing is simple to operate. Unlike traditional industries, when producing new items or parts, it needs to be based on the characteristics of the product. Different types of products require the introduction of new equipment and talents. 3D printing can quickly and efficiently produce a variety of products, and compared with parts made by traditional machines, products printed with 3D printers are even superior in performance.
3. Flexible design and printing on demand
3D printing only needs to ensure the thickness of the part, and all structures can be printed. Therefore, more complex shapes can be designed. For products that need to be sold for a long time, 3D printing does not require a large amount of storage inventory. Can be made multiple times in small batches. Product prototype samples can be printed in one piece.
4. Easy to purchase and environmentally friendly
Just send the drawings to the 3D printing service provider, and the product can be produced normally the next day. From design to receiving the product, including some requiring one day of express delivery, the entire process normally takes about 48 hours. Since 3D printing technology reduces the amount of material waste used, the process is environmentally friendly in nature. Streamlined design of parts in the aerospace industry can also further save fuel and other consumables, and the environmental benefits will be further expanded.
There is no concrete answer to the question of printing time. Specific issues need to be analyzed in detail. Generally speaking, it has drawings, is small in size and weight, and can be printed quickly, usually within a few hours. Please contact Be-cu.com for specific printing time.
First of all, we need to clarify the usage scenarios and needs of our products: the printing time is not necessarily related to the materials used, but is mainly related to the industrial product 3D printing technology and printing size.
1. Printing size.
I don’t know how big the statue you are talking about is? If it is the same as the figure, it can be printed with photosensitive resin or materials such as ABS and PLA. There are many desktop 3D printers on the market that can meet the needs. If you are printing something like 1:1, you need to splice it later. Of course, the larger the size, the longer it will take to print.
Currently, there are many materials that can be used for 3D printers, mainly divided into resin, nylon, red wax, metal, ceramics, and biomaterials. The key point depends on your budget. Generally, non-metals (mainly ABS, PLA, photosensitive resin, and nylon) are relatively cheap, while metals and ceramics are very expensive. After all, they are special materials. If it is only for display, generally non-metallic materials can fully meet the needs.
3. Are there physical models or three-dimensional drawings?
If you only have a physical model, you may need to use a 3D scanner to model the model first, and then process the 3D image model before transmitting it to a 3D printer for execution; if you have 3D drawings, then you can basically convert the format to STL. Put it into the slicing software and let the 3D printer recognize the operation.