September 26th, 2017
Latest Technology in 3D Prototyping and 3D Printing
Since 3D prototyping arrived on the scene, the world of fabrication has dramatically changed. 3D printing, which is also known as Additive Manufacturing, or AM, is a process that creates a three-dimensional object. Under computer control, successive layers of materials are formed into objects of virtually any geometry or shape. First introduced in the 1980s, this method has evolved into making 3D prototypes. Thanks to exciting developments in technology, 3D printed prototypes are more precise.
One change is 3D rapid prototyping, which is a group of techniques that can quickly fabricate a scale model of an actual assembly or part using 3D CAD data. Initially, this method of creating 3D prototypes was used to produce prototype parts and models. However, due to advances in technology, it is now used for a broad range of applications. In fact, this is an economical option for manufacturing production-quality parts in small numbers.
New Technology for the 3D Design Prototype
- Printing Welder – Until recently, the size of the 3D printer dictated the size of most 3D printed objects. However, Dutch manufacturers came up with a unique method of using a robotic arm with a print head to extrude metal that is strong enough to support a structure.
- Speed Printing – To make a 3D prototype, a layer-by-layer technique is commonly used. The problem is that completing the job takes time. This layering technique also increases the risk of flaws being introduced while lowering the strength of the object. The introduction of a continuous liquid interface production approach makes the printing process between 25 and 100 times faster. However, the creator believes there is the potential to make it 1,000 times faster.
- Personal Applications –3D printing and prototype technology has branched out to personal applications, like prosthetics and implants that improve quality of life. Experts are working on a bionics suit that would allow someone with a spinal cord injury to walk again.
- Reusable Space Rocket – After the engineers at SpaceX and Elon Must had tested their 3D printed SuperDraco rocket engine for years, it finally launched. This reusable rocket, which is primarily 3D printed, opens up new avenues in space travel, colonization, and mining.
With so many benefits of 3D printing and prototyping, new technologies will continue to emerge. Global Tech Ventures is on the cusp of the latest fabricating services. Please visit our website to learn more about our company, or you can contact us by phone.