What is 3D Printing?

3D printing is becoming more widely known about although I expect many people either know nothing or very little about it.

This page is not meant to be a definitive guide to all of 3D printing since it is a very diverse subject and there are many different types of 3D printing techniques. Instead I am going to simply describe what we do.

Our printer is a Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) printer (look this up on Wikipedia if you want an in depth explanation).  In simple terms a plastic filament (think long plastic wire) is melted to print a layer of plastic exactly where we want it.  A model is made up by printing one layer at a time on top of each other.

We print with PLA plastic in 0.1 mm thick layers which is more than good enough to produce highly accurate models.

3D printing produces a rougher surface finish than plastic injection molding (which is how most plastic things you own were made) so don't expect your model to look or feel the same as conventional plastic models.  Once painted we believe the 3D printed finish actually enhances the models appearance and makes it look more realistic.


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