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What Is 3D Printing?

What is 3D Printing?

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“3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.

Not all 3D printers use the same technology. There are several ways to print and all those available are additive, differing mainly in the way layers are build to create the final object.

Some methods use melting or softening material to produce the layers. Selective laser sintering (SLS) and fused deposition modeling (FDM) are the most common technologies using this way of printing.¬†Another method of printing is when we talk about curing a photo-reactive resin with a UV laser or another similar power source one layer at a time. The most common technology using this method is called stereolithography (SLA).”

How Halo Technologies Uses 3D Printing

Typically, Halo will take two approaches to our use of 3D Printing: We will either utilize an existing CAD design or generate one of the item in question for 3D printing, or we will 3D scan an item and convert this mesh file to a usable 3D file. If you have not read our post What Is 3D Scanning?, check it out!

Once the item is generated in a CAD format, regardless of the method used to get to that point, Halo’s engineers will then optimize the file for printing. This optimization is based off of the customers specification. We can utilize a variety of material, print in a range of sizes and offer various colors, finishes, etc..

Printing time varies on site and complexity of an item. Some prints can be as short as a few hours and others can range into a few days. We work with the client to figure out the best fit for their 3D Printing needs.

If you would like more info on how we use 3D Printing or what options we offer, feel free to contact us today!

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