3D Printing the new hands on Manner Printing technique from 3DP

By CIOReview | Tuesday, December 22, 2015

FREMONT, CA:  3D printing has truly begun to capture the imagination of the masses. Personal  Low cost printers  makes it effortless  for hobbyists and aspiring designers to print objects designed in CAD software . 3D printing is also triggering a change in the way both small businesses and industry giants build and design their products. The industries that benefit from 3D Printing technology are Aerospace, Architecture, Automotive, Defense, Digital Dentistry, Education and Entertainment.

Materialise’s  3D Academy regularly hosts sessions for people who want to learn more about 3D printing topics in a hands-on environment. The session has been organized mainly for designers, manufacturers, engineers and anyone else looking to learn more about 3D Printing and the opportunities which Additive Manufacturing can offer for their business.

Metal 3D printing has been a hot topic for a lot of participants where in, its properties and capabilities were discussed. A study of the properties of metal in comparison with other materials used in traditional manufacturing methods has been carried out. It has been observed that better results are achieved with the use of metal in 3D Printing. A case study pertaining to Additive Manufacturing including automation solutions, grippers, and a programmable robot to share other companies’ experiences in utilizing 3D printing for series production has also been presented.

  An interactive workshop has been built around a unique design tool called the Materialise 3D Print Barometer designed for engineers and designers helps them assess the suitability of a part for 3D printing. The barometer asks five key questions about a part—size, complexity, project value, series volume and purpose—and provides users with a percentage score of the part’s suitability for 3D Printing.

“It’s interesting to learn that we should spend more on the design time rather than the choice of materials or the manufacturing technology. That’s not necessarily the most important part, but spending more on what is the purpose of the part, what the life span should be and what you are trying to achieve”, commented Craig Harbron , a 3D Printing student from Benett Engineering.