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What is 3D Printing?

Posted by CAMM Metals on Feb 6, 2018 11:15:00 AM

Three-Dimensional printing is a fairly new process with many different applications. Many manufacturers have invested in 3D printers because they understand their value and the wide variety of products 3D printers enable manufacturers to create. If you're curious about 3D printers, here is a breakdown of the 3D printing process and its advantages.3D Printer

What is 3D Printing?

Simply put, 3D printing is the process of creating three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file using additive processes. An additive process creates an object by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each individual layer appears as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the object. Additive processes are the opposite of subtractive manufacturing, which involves cutting out or hollowing a piece of metal or plastic, such as the operation of a milling machine.


3D printing has many advantages over other means of manufacturing. 3D printers allow you to produce complex functional shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing. It will shorten production times, as the product can start being printed the same day it's designed. It will also save money, as less tools and parts are needed for creation. Prototype creation is simple and inexpensive with 3D printers, making failed designs easy to discard. 3D printed objects are also very easy to personalize, unlike mass-produced objects that do not have room for slight alterations.


There are many different applications for 3D printers. They are an efficient tool to create objects made of all different materials that can be used in a variety of industries. Some of the main applications of 3D printers include:

-Rapid Prototyping

-Mass Customization

-Medical Devices and Bio-Printing

-Industrial Art and Jewelery




-Computers and Robotics

-Education and Research

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It's crucial to do your research when choosing a metal fabrication, as not all companies are capable of completing the same quality of work. CAMM Metals has years of experience, honing our skills across the board to deliver a quality product and measurable bottom line value to our customers.

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