SLM 3D Printing

SLM 3D Printing

About SLM Printing and it’s uses

SLM 3D Printing

China Unveils Metal 3D Printer Able to Create Metal Jewelry

History

People first began hearing about 3D printing just a few years ago, but the technology was actually born in 1981. This birth occurred when Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute’s Hideo Kodama published an account of a rapid prototyping system that was more than a theory – it functioned. It layered photopolymers (acrylic-based materials) on top of each other in order to create a 3D structure.

Medical Use

However, the technology was slower moving than the time it took to print a single square inch (it was a considerable wait), so its true adolescence ocurred between the years 1999 and 2010. This was the start of a revolutionary decade in the 3D printing sector because it was 1999 when the first 3D-printed organ was implanted into human beings. This was a major medical breakthrough. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine discovered that the 3D printed organs could be coated with the human patient’s own cells so that there would be little to no chance of rejection.

Everything from miniature functional kidneys to prosthetic legs were being created with 3D printing technology. By the mid-2000s, the public became interested in 3D printing for personal use because of the creativity element. The first commercially viable machine was made available in 2006 and that marked the period in which printers could print using multiple materials.

 

Today

But now 3D printing is in its prime. The price has dropped and the technology continues to move forward. This forward motion has been evidenced by the development of a miniature metal 3D printer, which is a significant improvement over the rom-filling metal 3D printers that can cost millions of dollars. The company that created the miniature printer, Yibo3D, reached a highly interesting milestone with this latest development. Now their YBRP-140 SLM can mainstream what has, up to this point, been a product that has been exclusive to aviation, aerospace, and the high tech sectors.

What Sets the YBRP-140 SLM Apart?

The YBRP-140 SLM uses Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technology. This means that laser beams melt metal particles into the desired shapes. The printer is no larger than the standard washing machine, which considered small when compared to past metal printers.

Like its competitors, it can be used to create metal parts out of multiple materials. It is also more cost-effective than other 3D SLM printers. Between the size, cost, multi-material capabilities, and its exactness, startups will have access to industrial grade 3D printing that will completely change how their industries do things.

What Yibo3D is doing now is putting a lot of thought into the jewelry industry, as they revealed that their metal 3D printer has the capability to create unique pieces of jewelry in different metals, including gold. The metals that are on the table include titanium, iron, nickel-based materials, and copper-based alloys. This makes the printer ideal for high density and high precision parts, such as research tools, low-volume jewelry, teeth prostheses, and medical equipment.

Cost Versus Quality

Something that is surprising about the YBRP-140 SLM 3D printer is that it costs less than other metal 3D printers. However, this lower cost doesn’t translate into poor quality. In fact, the layer heights the printer prints are just .02 mm. If you decided to make a part of 100 mm, the deviation in accuracy may not exceed .1mm. This low margin of error makes the metal printer suitable for more than just making jewelry.

The cost and quality aspects of the printer show a changing climate in the world of 3D printing. With the world becoming more open to the innovations of 3D printing, it is expected that there will be growth in the consumer market. While most of the sales have been seen in China because of the strong backing by the Chinese government, it is expected that the technology will strike worldwide interest in the near future.

And not only do buyers save money on the machine itself, but they save money on what they are producing. In the jewelry industry, 3D metal printing can allow for a higher degree of customization with a great deal of precision. Uniqueness is an important quality in the jewelry industry and this technology is one way to achieve that important goal. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why sales have been increasing rapidly. In fact, the sales forecast predicts a continued upswing in both industrial and consumer sales.

A Positive Forecast

It is the past sales of the YBRP-140 SLM 3D that encourage the positive sales projection. When the technology first became known, 34,000 units were sold. The following year, the number doubled to 77,000 units. This trend is expected to continue as the technology becomes more refined and the price remains reasonable for commercial and personal applications. The improved availability of the mini 3D metal printers also comes into play, as the availability is going to pique a higher degree of interest among consumers and businesses.

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3D Printing

Home 3D Printing is Now a Thing and This is How You Get Started

Medical 3D Printing

3D printing may seem like it’s out of this world, but it is very much an earthly thing. There is a lot of hype surrounding the advancement of the technology, especially in the medical sector where the printers are used to create prostheses and even organs. While this may sound like something out of a medical science fiction movie, it is very real and so is the now developing trend of home 3D printing.

Home 3D printing has been around for a while, but it is gaining momentum as 3D printers become smaller and more affordable. Exactly how much money you spend on a printer depends on the features you want. The features can be the difference between paying hundreds and paying thousands of dollars.

Why Use a 3D Printer at Home?

3D printing allows you to create a 3D model of an object on a computer screen and the printer then creates that object. The printer is able to follow the specifics of the digital model with great precision. If you create a 3D model of an elephant, the printer is going to spray its base material – typically thermoplastic filament – laying it down in layers from the bottom all the way up to the top until the object is finished.

This function used to only exist in industrial settings. You would be amazed at how many things you have already held in your hands that were created with large 3D printers. The differences between the large industrial printers and home 3D printers are that home printers have smaller hardware, a lower price, and software that is much easier to operate. As a matter of fact, there are now multiple 3D modeling programs that people can choose from. The variety of programs are useful to the DIY community because they can find one that hones in on the parts and products that they want to create.

Nonetheless, some people may not see a use for 3D printers yet, but they are getting there. Say you are working on your car and you need a small plastic piece just like one that is missing. If you have a 3D printer, you may be able to turn to your printer to create the piece rather than having to run to the auto parts store. This is just an example.

There is also the fact that the technology is being fine-tuned to become more user-friendly. The idea is for anyone to be able to 3D print items that they need. If you are wondering whether or not 3D printing technology is useful to you now, you need to ask yourself if you are a do-it-yourselfer, a maker, or a hacker. If you are any of these, you most likely have a need.

The Benefit of Do-It-Yourself 3D Printing

If you are into DIY projects, then a home 3D printer is going to be useful. You can go ahead and purchase your own printer and create thousands of objects. You can print single parts or the components of an object so you can put them together and create a larger object. You can even print moving objects. Imagine being able to print appliance parts so broken ones can be easily replaced. That’s a great way to get more mileage out of an appliance before replacing it and it’s something that people are doing today. This means there is an economic impact to owning a 3D printer.

But what if you can’t model something with the software?

It is true that there is a learning curve. If you find yourself having difficulty creating a model, you can find someone else’s online and tweak it to your specifications. If you need to copy an item, there are 3D scanners designed to do this. However, you can use a webcam to scan an item for 3D printing.

Different Materials are Available

Also know that you aren’t limited to plastic. You can print objects in metal, as there are metal 3D printers. There is even a 3D printer that prints whatever you want in chocolate. If you want that aforementioned elephant printed in chocolate so you can eat it, you can print it in chocolate.

How do You get Started?

First, you need to realize what you want to print and if you can do it with one material or if you need multi-material 3D printing. Second, research software programs to find what is going to work for you. If you are new to 3D printing, you want a program that is as user friendly as possible. Third, decide what you want to print and either create it on the screen using your software or scan it for copying. Fourth, you tell the printer to print and let it do what it does best.

Once the printer is finished, you will have a product, part, or other creation that you would normally have to order or go to the store to buy. Think about the money you will save. It is this personal economic impact that has created quite the 3D printing fuss and the enthusiasm surrounding the technology isn’t expected to subside.