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Introduction to Additive Technologies

The term “additive fabrication” covers a wide range of technologies. They all rely on digital data to come with physical 3D models of objects. All of these technologies have a thing in common; they utilize layering of materials to come up with a final object. In most cases, the more layers that are used, the more an accurate representation of the data is made. These technologies are different from traditional manufacturing methods such as turning and milling. These methods rely on subtraction of material to come up with a final object.

Comparing Open-Source and Low-Cost 3D Printers with Commercial Products

The most recent comparison of the 3D printers was the uPrint machine manufactured by Stratasys and the thermoplastic extrusion machines that are made by companies such as MakerBot and Bits from Bytes. The uPrint machine recorded a high number of sales compared to the sales of the assembled devices. Stratasys has built a new professional machine, called Mojo. The new entry-level machine has superior features, such as a soluble support system together with starter packs. Stratasys is also offering the device on leasing programs starting at 185 US Dollars.

Which One (3D Printer) Is the Best for You?

The best 3D printer is often determined by its cost and efficiency in delivering services. Different users of printers have different needs when it comes to selecting a printer that suits their needs. Despite the fact that almost all machines utilize the thermoplastic extrusion method, and the open-source technology, manufacturers using them will differ in various ways. Choosing the right manufacturer of the machine is also another crucial step. Selecting a good company requires one to conduct an extensive research on the websites, web-forums, and ask important questions. An individual may have to go deeper into their pockets to get a good product on the market. The factors to consider when purchasing a new printing machine include: The Machine’s Specifications The majority of the printing machines using the low-cost thermoplastic extrusion possess similar specifications regarding resolution and accuracy. However, the difference in these machines arises from the cost of materials used, the operation speed, and the size of the envelope used in building the printer machine. Checking the actual parts of the machine will give …

3D Printer Systems for Less Than US$5.000

The technology for 3D printing has been around for many years and now it is poised to move beyond prototyping into a high-end product and high-volume commercial manufacturing. Most industry players are using this technology in the market to advance their agenda through different design and manufacturing approaches. The technology is set to advance through loosely coordinated developments. In this article, we focus on 3D printer systems that cost less than US$5.000.

What Is the Difference between an RP Machine and A 3D Printer

Most people often wonder the distinguishing factor between Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing; well, the two terms are used along each other and have distinctive similarities. For instance, they both build models layer by layer from STL data. RP, as it’s commonly known is a technical term for this type of additive manufacturing process while 3D is the colloquial terms for the same to make many people grasp the technology easily. However, RP is done at industrial-level while 3D is done at the level of the consumer. That said here are some major differences between the two.