3D printing is also known as Additive Manufacturing. A part sketch or drawing is first converted to a 3D cad model. This 3D cad model is then saved in a format that can be used by a 3D printer. The 3D printer software takes the 3D cad model and instructs the 3D printer to print the part one layer at a time from plastic materials such as ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) or PLA (Polyactic Acid), or steels such as titanium or stainless. These layers are approximately 125 um thick. These layers are fused together, and eventually form a part that is identical in shape to the 3D cad model. Some of the 3D printing technologies available are FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), Polyjet, Stereolithography, Laser Sintering, and Metal Powder Bed Fusion.
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All that is needed from you is a 2D drawing or sketch of the part you need, and the material you would like the part to be made from. I will create a 3D CAD model from your drawings, and send the 3D printer file to a manufacturer, who will return the finished part to you. Because 3D printing requires no tooling or set up time, the part will be created more quickly and with less expense than by using a machine shop to create the part.
Impeller 3D Printed from ABS
The CAD Model of the Impeller, shown above, was created with SolidWorks 3D modeling software. The SolidWorks file
was then saved in a format used by a 3D printer (.STL). The 3D printer then converted the .STL file to an actual 3D
Printed Model, which is also shown above. The 3D part was printed from ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), which is
a hard durable plastic material. As mentioned above, a 3D printed part can be made from a number of different
processes and materials. Prices of this 3D Printed Model, made from different
materials, are listed below.
*3D printed from Plastic (ABS): $100.
*3D printed from Nylon 12 w/Carbon Fiber: $200.
*3D printed from Polycarbonate Filament: $200.
*3D printed from 316 Stainless Steel: $1616.