3D printing is a process of making three dimensional objects from a digital file. Also known as additive manufacturing, the technology has benefits in its efficiency (since it uses less material than traditional manufacturing methods), and in its capacity to produce complex shapes and configurations. Thermoplastics, epoxy resins, photopolymers, and metals are the most common materials used in 3D printing, although advances in materials science and engineering mean the sky’s the limit. Advanced polymers, nanoparticles, ceramics, and even graphene composites are enabling a broad range of new applications. In addition, cutting-edge bioinks, which use a mixture of human cells and gelatin, are being leveraged to 3D print complex tissue models.
How does 3D printing work?
Is 3D printing a revolution or just a trend?
How 3D printing is changing the world.