3D Printer Models Made Easy

Getting models and prototypes made is a foundational step in the development of any product. Research and Development departments of companies all over the world are constantly on the lookout for better ways to develop models based on their designs and blueprints. Making models by hand can be extremely time consuming and, often, less precise than machine-tooled models. This is why  3D  printing is on the rise. More and more companies have found that sending their designs to  a   3D   printer  and having them manufactured in resin is a great way to get a model of their design made up quickly and accurately.

Stereolithography (SLA) is the most common method of  3D  printing. The reason that it is so popular is that it is both fast and accurate.  A   3D   printer  utilizes high-tech SLA machinery to create durable resin models that can be used for patterns or even masters. These models are created with stunning accuracy from CAD (computer-aided design) files, and the level of detail that they contain is up to you. A simple model can be finished in as little as one day. It is truly incredible what technology has made possible in the field of model rendering and prototypes.

When deciding  how  you want your  3D   printer  to render your model, there is a fundamental trade-off between speed and detail. Obviously, the more detailed you want your model to be, the longer it will take to create. Typical model resolutions require layers of resin to be applied at 0.004″ thickness. High-resolution models, on the other hand, require thinner layers of 0.002″ thickness. Because the  3D  printing of high-resolution models requires more layers of this thin resin to be applied, it will take longer. It is up to you to decide just  how  accurate and detailed you need your model to be.

These innovations in  3D  printing have opened up a new realm of possibilities in the world of research and development. Instead of having to wait days for a model to be tediously formed by hand, you can have it overnight. All you need to do is to send a CAD file to your  3D   printer  company, and you are good to go. You can get models made in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and most  3D   printers  will even offer to paint them for you so that you can get an idea of what the actual finished product will look like.

Source by Robert Henson

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