Three-dimensional (3D) printing is being utilized across many different industries. The technology continues to advance and is becoming commonly used not only in business but in homes and as part of many schools ’curriculums.
A 3D object is created layer by layer. Each layer is a 2D, or flat object. The layers are also referred to as slices; each slice is similar in thickness to a sheet of paper. Instead of being a full rectangular sheet of paper, each layer or slice is a printed shape. The material being printed is typically plastic but can be metal, ceramic and biological materials, just to name a few.
At Advanced Design Concepts, the 3D printing technology is used in prototypes, as well as inspection and assembly fixtures and custom automation and robot components. We have recently had customers seeking rapid prototypes as well as replacements of parts they cannot otherwise acquire, like an antique car or motorcycle parts not in aftermarket production.
ADC remains on the cutting edge of 3D printing technology with our in-house rapid prototyping department.
There are many advantages to 3D printing:
· Customization: each part can be made uniquely for personalization, customization, or testing design options
· Time: a part can be made in hours, rather than waiting weeks for a prototype tool, drastically reducing time to market
· Risk Reduction: 3D printing one or more parts for design verification and fitment testing reduces the risk of costly and timely tooling modifications
· Cost: 3D printing a single part is much less expensive than designing and building a tool, permitting emergent companies and inventors to prove a concept without an overwhelming monetary investment
· Limitless: Our High Definition printers can create parts that are otherwise impossible to manufacture