3D Printing

3D Printing

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a method of creating a three-dimensional object layer-by-layer using a computer created design.

3D printing is an additive process whereby layers of material are built up to create a 3D part.

The advantages of 3D printing include:-

  • Bespoke, cost-effective creation of complex geometries
  • Affordable start-up costs
  • Completely customisable
  • Ideal for rapid prototyping
  • Allows for the creation of parts with specific properties

Examples of 3D printing include:-

  • Consumer products (eyewear, footwear, design, furniture)
  • Industrial products (manufacturing tools, prototypes, functional end-use parts)
  • Dental products
  • Prosthetics
  • Architectural scale models & maquettes
  • Reconstructing fossils
  • Replicating ancient artefacts
  • Reconstructing evidence in forensic pathology
  • Movie props