In a nutshell, 3D printing is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model. This is typically done by laying down many successive thin layers of a material, also known as additive manufacturing. So, what does this look like? Watch the video below from Adafruit Industries.
The type of 3D printing seen in the video above is called fused deposition modeling (FDM), and build objects layer by layer from the bottom up. They do this by heating plastic filament and extruding it through a small nozzle onto a build plate. FDM is arguably the most popular type of 3D printing and is most often used by hobbyists and other non-commercial enthusiasts. Commercial businesses are also known to use FDM for new product development, prototyping and even manufacturing development. This technology is considered to be simple-to-use and environmentally friendly.
All of Joyner Library's 3D printers use this process. Here are the six basic steps to go from a digital model to 3D printing a physical object:
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