3D Printing Education Center

3D Printing Education Center

3D Printing terminology and technology are constantly evolving. This area of the site is a resource designed to help you get started! In the links below, we cover everything from the basics (What is 3D Printing?) to the more case-specific (PLA vs ABS). Check out the articles in our 3D Printing Education Center below, and please contact us if you have any questions. Also, if there’s a topic you would like to see covered, please let us know!

All About 3D Printing

What is 3D Printing?

3D PrintingYou’ve heard about it in the news & noticed the articles online, but aren’t yet sure what this technology actually is.  Simply put – What is 3D Printing?
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Why is 3D Printing Important?

3D Printing ImportanceIt sounds interesting – maybe you’ve seen a few plastic objects created on a 3D printer, or  have even seen one in action.  But we already manufacture objects –  so why is 3D Printing Important?
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The Third Industrial Revolution

Industrial RevolutionThe first Industrial Revolution advanced machine based manufacturing.  The second saw steam and steel lead the way to mass production.  Now, many see 3D Printing as leading the third industrial revolution.
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Types of 3D Printers

FDM vs SLA vs SLS

Computer Aided DesignThe term 3D printing is all encompassing. It describes a process – creating a solid object from a computer aided design file (CAD) in a layer by layer fashion.  But there are actually three different underlying technologies.
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What is FDM 3D Printing?

FDM 3D PrintersFDM 3D Printers (Fused Deposition Modeling) work primarily by extruding semi-melted plastic (or similar materials) onto a print bed, in a layer by layer fashion – building the desired object incrementally.
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What is SLA 3D Printing?

SLA 3D PrintersSLA 3D Printers (Stereolithography) use laser technology and liquid resin tanks, solidifying an object’s structure layer by layer as the previously cured layers are withdrawn from the resin.
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What is SLS 3D Printing?

SLS 3D PrintersSLS 3D Printers (Selective Layer Sintering) create objects from a powder base, using lasers to selectively melt and fuse together a finely controlled quantity of powder into the desired object.
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Printer Filament Information

Cheap 3D Filament?

Printing FilamentAs 3D printing continues to grow, so the the variety and sources of printing filament.  However, it’s important to know that cheap filament can be poorly manufactured, and create more problems than its worth.
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PLA vs ABS

FilamentAs two of the most popular filaments used by 3D Print enthusiasts, PLA and ABS are often debated between as the go-to material for a given object.  Here we break down the Pros and Cons of each material.
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What is ABS Filament?

ABS FilamentThe acronym may sound familiar, but perhaps you’re still wondering – what is ABS?  Each brand may have slightly unique properties – but in essence, it’s the same material Legos are made from.
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What is PLA Filament?

PLA FilamentA popular plant based plastic, PLA is often the first filament of choice for individuals new to 3D Printing.  But it’s not used by newbies exclusively – it has many applications.
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