What is 3D Printing? What are the advantages of having a 3D Printer?
3D printing or additive manufacturing is the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital 3D-printable model. In additive manufacturing, an object is created by placing down successive layers of material until an object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced cross-section of the object. This is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing, which involves cutting out a piece of metal or plastic (e.g., with a milling machine).
The 3D-printable model can be created with a computer-aided design (CAD) program, via a 3D scanner, or with a digital camera used with photogrammetry software. 3D-printed models created with CAD typically have fewer errors than other methods, but there are many different software tools available, from industrial grade to open-source.
With a 3D printer, you can make complex shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods. In the past, the material used for this technology was polymer, but nowadays, printing has become available for other materials, such as metals and ceramics. Moreover, 3D printers have reached the level of quality and price that allows most people to enter the world of 3D printing.
What can you do with a 3D printer?
In this DIY era, more and more people are using 3D printers to create objects by themselves. Most common 3D printing materials are plastic and raw materials such as metal, graphite, and carbon fiber. Therefore, you can use a 3D printer to print objects on demand, including phone cases, miniatures, photo frames, and many other personalized objects.
Which 3D printing solutions does Elektor offer?
Elektor offers products from the well-known company Creality, such as the popular Ender-3 V2 3D Printer or HALOT-ONE CL-60 Resin 3D Printer. The resin 3D printer is the ideal 3D printer for printing small models with a high level of detail and excellent quality. The level of resolution that a resin printer can bring to another level. In addition to selling 3D printers, Elektor stocks a variety of filaments, such as the high-quality Creality CR-PLA filaments.
Why should you buy 3D printers and accessories from Elektor?
Elektor customers include electrical engineers, makers pros, and electronics enthusiasts interested in 3D printing, electronics design, and general engineering. We stock a range of products for 3D printing to meet the various needs of our customers.