3D Printing Brisbane

What is 3D Printing ?

3D printing is a manufacturing method called additive manufacturing. It’s been around now for some 30 years but has only now come into its own as a viable and economic alternative to traditional manufacturing.

It is quite different to the manufacturing that we all know. Instead of machining and removing material away to create a part, additive manufacturing adds material in a series of layers to build up a part. It’s this process that makes 3D printing so unique. It’s revolutionising manufacturing as there is little to no wasted material and parts can be created in ridiculously complicated geometries that just could not be machined by conventional techniques. 3D printing is also putting manufacturing into the hands of everyday people who are creating some amazing things.

In order to print something you’ll need a 3D model of the object you want to create. You can either design your own using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software or you could scan an existing object or you could download a file from some of the many 3D printing file websites such as :

Once your design’s ready, all you need to do is import it into a slicing program that breaks the model down into hundreds and thousands of horizontal slices. The output from this process is called G code, which has also been around for many years and is the main computer language used in computer numerically controlled machines that manufacture things today.

Once you have the G code, simply save your file to the printers SD card and press print.

How to Get Started

In order to get started in 3D printing lets look at a typical workflow, or process, to create a 3D printed part.

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Downloadable Model Sites

 

3D Modelling Software

  • Sketch up
  • AutoCAD
  • Inventor
  • Solidworks
  • Revit

3D Printers

  • Ultimaker 2+ Extended
  • Ultimaker 2+
  • Ultimaker 2 Go