The Basics of 3D Printing

3D printing has become a buzzword in recent years, with a lot of people interested in the technology. It’s not hard to see why – 3D printing has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for product design, prototyping, and manufacturing. But for those who are new to the concept, what exactly is 3D printing?

Put simply, 3D printing is a process that creates three-dimensional objects by adding layer upon layer of material (Additive Manufacturing). This process is different from traditional manufacturing methods, which typically involve subtracting material from a larger piece to create the desired shape (Subtractive Manufacturing).

MakerBot Method X printer using Nylon Glass Fiber filament.

There are several different types of 3D printing technologies available today, but most of them work on the same basic concept. First, a 3D model of the object to be printed is created using specialized software. This model is then digitally sliced into thin layers, which are sent to the printer. The printer then builds up the object layer by layer, using either resin or filament as the material. The printing process can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours or even days, depending on the complexity of the object being printed.

Sunroof gears designed by Carzdeluxe Designs. Fresh off the printer, just need to clean up and ship.

The most popular 3D printing materials include ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), PLA (Polylactic Acid), and Nylon. Each material has its own unique properties and is suited to different applications. At DinoChrome Industries, we specialize in 3D printing and use this technology to support local businesses by printing gaming terrain, miniatures, and aids with resin as well as manufacturing engineering-grade parts with advanced FDM filaments. With 3D printing technology, we can create highly detailed and precise miniatures that perfectly capture the essence of the game. Also, the engineering-grade FDM filaments we stock enable us to manufacture strong, durable parts that can withstand even the toughest environments.

3D printing has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. The ability to quickly and easily create prototypes and small production runs has allowed for a faster and more cost-effective product development process. At DinoChrome Industries, we’re proud to be at the forefront of this exciting technology, using it to create amazing gaming products and support local businesses. Whether you’re a gamer, a designer, or an entrepreneur, the possibilities of 3D printing are endless, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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