3D Printers - What are they and What is It used For When a product needs to be designed, or prototypes need to be created, the earlier choice designers got was subtractive processes alone. Machining, the one traditional way of getting this done relied on material removal to make the final prototype by making use of procedures like drilling, cutting etc. But this one implementation is quite not easy going with the whole process to run good.

This is where the 3D printing comes, turns the whole prototyping/ prior to the final product designing and the various designing tasks involved from the start to the end turn out ease. Imagine a solid object on a device connected to a computer cut and shaped it to the design we give by the computer. That’s not just an imagination when you have got a 3D printer, you can get that done in ease.

The technology for 3D printing is been budding and developing in the background for quite some time, 20 years to be exact. Now the technology we have for 3D printing jobs been advanced very much to what we had a decade back. Obviously, technology advancements happen, but the best thing that now the price of 3D printers have gone down so much compared to the price it have had back at the start and all these times. Makes it easy affordable to utilize the facilities offered by 3D printers on a range of applications.

A 3D printer will cost just $2,000 now compared to the big price tags it carried earlier. So that means affordable 3D printing solutions over the earlier subtractive processes. Finding its implementation on multitude industrial areas not leaving automotive, engineering and construction, industrial design, civil engineering, aerospace, geographic information systems, medical and dental industries, architecture, education, jewellery, footwear and many more, 3D printing is the most advanced as well cost effective option to all the above.

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Yogitha, loves to write, on just about anything. Realising her passion not too late in life, she managed to complete her Masters in Communication from Women's Christian College, Chennai. Currently, she works as a Technical Writer with Cognizant. A complete 'sitcom buff'', her current must see list has 'The Big Bang Theory' right on top!

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