3D printers transform materials such as steel, aluminum or plastics into physical objects one layer at a time.
3D printers transform materials into accurate solid representations of CAD design files. Some 3D printers can only handle one or a few spools of filament at a time, but others are capable of using up to 14 spools of filament to produce complex coloured objects.
3D printers generate solid models from digital files in just a few hours. They are available in kit form for commercial or home office/studio use. The fact that such advanced technology is now affordable for both commercial and personal use demonstrates how rapidly it has advanced.
3D printers are used for a broad variety of applications, from food production to artificial body parts. Self-assembly kits are available starting at less than £1,000 plus VAT; these are great for commercial and home studio art work.
Three-dimensional printers have several practical applications:
- Designers use them to create clothing and footwear
- Engineers use them to create hinges, connectors, tubing, etc.
- Jewelers use them to make beads, bracelets, clasps and fastenings
- Toymakers use them to make a wide variety of toys and components