3D Printing in Automobile

3D printing is a proven technology used by automotive engineers and designers to produce high fidelity physical prototypes for design verification and testing. Although automotive industry has been using 3D printing technology since many years now, there are still numerous segments where 3D printing can bring about a difference. From manufacturing automobile components to 3D printing the whole vehicle with personal customization, applications of 3D printing are boundless.

Why choose 3d printing?
  • Greatly reduces the production time
  • Testing new designs is relatively easy and hence offers flexibility in design
  • End product can be predictable and the flaws can be eliminated resulting in risk - free products
  • Cost effective as it eliminates tool manufacturing costs and helps in material optimization
  • Strength and durability of the product can be validated before tooling process
  • Eco - friendly manufacturing method as this technology utilizes recyclable materials that have low rate of fuel emission.
Automobile Application
3D Printing in End use parts

Need gadgets that are truly yours? Nowadays such yearns are not limited to the imagination only. Everyone can create and their designs without any hassle and concerns about quality. Multiple copies of your product with tailor made details you can make it happen. See how great quality and dimensional accuracy together with repeatability give you the opportunity of unprecedented design freedom.

Automobile Application
3D Printing in Jigs and fixtures

With many manufacturing companies constantly working to improve productivity and lower costs, lean manufacturing techniques such as the implementation of grips, jigs and fixtures in a production line help achieve these goals. The high level of customization and complexity that AM allows for in a design coupled with the speed and accuracy that parts can be made, make it an ideal solution for producing grips, jigs and fixtures.

Benefits of using 3D printing

The main benefit of 3D printed is the reduction in cost. The majority of savings come from the reduction in high machining costs. Typically a grip or fixture would be sent away to be machined by a highly skilled operator on a CNC machine over a number of days. With 3D printing, once the design of a 3D model is complete the file is sent electronically to the nearest printer, quickly analysed and printed on machine that requires very little human interference. Grips and jigs made via 3D printing are also produced with much cheaper materials compared to traditional grips and fixtures further reducing the cost.


The other main benefit of 3D printed grips and fixtures is the speed at which they can be produced. Machining of complex metal geometries takes significant planning and highly skilled CAM designers and machine operations. This can result in the lead time for CNC machining taking days or even weeks before a part is completed. By using 3D printing to replace an aluminium assembly tool (see image below), a well-known car manufacturer was able to cut lead time by 92% from 18 days to 1.5 days.


3D printing offers a vast range of materials over a range of technologies. Engineering material properties such as chemical resistance, flame retardancy, heat resistance and UV stability are now widely available in the 3D printing industry. Parts can be produced or finished in many colours and surface finishes. The polymeric materials used in 3D printing also mean that damage to parts (that come in contact with the grip or fixture) is limited during handling and assembly when compared to more traditional metal fixtures


Grips and fixtures are regularly manipulated by workers. The majority of the materials used in 3D printing are lighter than aluminium reducing the load on workers and improving safety. Industrial FDM parts are not printed solid but rather filled with infill further reducing the weight of parts.

Design Iterations

The speed that 3D printing can produce parts gives designers much more freedom to optimise a design through several iterations. 3D printing technologies also allow for complex and ergonomic designs to easily be produced improving worker interaction and comfort.

High Accuracy

Several 3D printing technologies are able to produce to a high level of accuracy (Industrial FDM - ± 0.2 mm, SLA - ± 0.05 mm and SLS - ± 0.1 mm). SLA and SLS can also produce fine and intricate details as well as functional connections like snap fits and interlocking features.

  • 3D printed manufacturing aids help to elevate shop - floor quality and effectiveness
  • You can shrink tool development from months to a matter of days and reduce costs
  • It's easy to precisely customize and tweak every part at no extra cost
  • You're able to create end-use parts of all shapes and sizes, whatever their complexity
  • It's environmentally friendly using 90% of the raw material, creating next to no waste at all
3D Printing in Manufacturing


3D printers and great variety of printing materials make you create models with different features that can undergo testing even in tough conditions. This gives you a chance to try out not only the shape and ergonomics of your model but also its resistance in the real environment.

Automobile Application
3D Printing in Medicine

At a rapidly growing rate, the medical industry continues to recognise the added value of additive manufacturing (AM or 3D printing) for a vast range of medical applications. AM is now used in the development of new surgical cutting and drill guides, orthopedic implants, and prosthetics as well as the creation of patient-specific replicas of bones, organs, and blood vessels. all of these milestones continue to reinforce the important role AM now plays in the medical industry where custom products tailored to each individual can be manufactured. This improves medical professionals understanding of patients (see Surgical learning tools) and improves patient comfort level by allowing interaction with products that are designed specially for their anatomy.



Medical Industry Requirements

The individualized nature of health care means that AM is an ideal solution for the medical industry. Rather than manufacture thousands of identical components, AM enables the creation of prosthetic and orthotic devices tailored to a patient's specific anatomy improving their effectiveness.


Where in the past, traditional manufacturing may have struggled to create complex, organic shapes, the designs that AM technologies are now able to print are potentially limitless. Thin scaffolds that perfectly follow the contour of a bone or porous metal parts are easily manufacturable opening the door to many applications and designs that were not previously possible (including facial bones, radius and ulna).

Lead time

Lead times to create tooling, whether in-house or outsourced, can be lengthy and expensive. One of the hallmarks of AM is that is provides designers and engineers the tools to quickly create and iterate designs, communicate more effectively using realistic prototypes and ultimately reduce time to market. An essential part of the success of any medical device is the feedback from physicians and patients and the speed these design improvements can be implemented at. Within a matter of hours it is now possible to iterate the design of a medical tool based on direct feedback from the surgeon who will use it and print a new prototype for evaluation. The fast feedback loop accelerates design development. Manufacturers can also use early AM parts to support clinical trials or early commercialization while the final design is still being optimized

Data generation (CT, MRI, 3D scan)

The ability to produce patient - specific parts directly from scan data is an obvious benefit that is not cost - effective with most conventional manufacturing techniques. These tailored parts are made possible through software that converts the patient's own scans (using techniques like computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and laser scanning) into 3D files. These files essentially encode each patient's specific anatomic or pathologic features, which then can be fabricated by 3D printers.

Data generation


Surgical Learning Tools

While much of the focus for 3D printing in the medical industry has been around implants and medical devices used by patients, one of the largest areas of application has concentrated on anatomical replicas. Historically, clinical training, education and device testing have relied on the use of animal models, human cadavers, and mannequins for hands-on experience in a clinical simulation. These options have several deficiencies including limited supply, expense of handling and storage, the lack of pathology within the models, inconsistencies with human anatomy, and the inability to accurately represent tissue characteristics of living humans.

Surgical Learning Tools



AM's ability to produce fine mesh or lattice structures on the surface of surgical implants can promote better osseointegration and reduce rejection rates. Biocompatible materials such as titanium and cobalt - chrome alloys are available for applications in maxillofacial (jaw and face) surgery and orthopedics. The superior surface geometry produced by AM has been shown to improve implant survival rate by a factor of 2 when compared to traditional products. The porosity of these AM products coupled with the high level of customization and ability to manufacture them from traditional medical materials has resulted in AM implants becoming one of the fastest growing segments of the AM medical industry.

3D Printing in Molds

Injection molding is the most common method for producing plastic parts. While traditionally 3D printing was only used for verifying prototypes of parts that were later going to be injection molded, developments in printer accuracy and materials now allow 3D printers to print injection molds directly.



Why choose 3d printing?

3D printing technologies are able to produce parts to a high accuracy with excellent surface finish. This property, coupled with temperature resistance and design freedom mean that 3D printed molds are now a viable method for low-run production injection molding. 3D printed molds also allow verification of injection mold designs before investing in expensive metal molds.

3D printed molds are best suited for :
  • Complex geometry that would make traditional tooling difficult.
  • Applications where production quantities are low.
  • Designs where changes or iterations are probable.
  • Verification of mold designs before investing in expensive tooling.
Automobile Application
3D Printing in Prosthetics

Prosthetics are replacement or alterations can be time consuming and expensive. Because prosthetics are such personal items, each one has to be custom - made or fit to the needs of the wearer. AM technology is now regularly being used to produce patient specific components of prosthetics that match perfectly with the user's anatomy. The ability to produce complex geometries from a range of materials has resulted in AM being adapted at the locations where prosthetics are in contact with a patient. AM technology has been used to produce everything from prosthetic leg connections that fit comfortably onto a user through to a complex and highly customised facial prosthetic for a cancer patient.



AM is also being used in the manufacture of low cost prosthetics. The collaborative nature of the AM industry has meant that a quick internet for 3D printed prosthetics reveals a huge range of peer-reviewed products that can be printed on desktop AM printers at a very low cost. These designs can easily be scaled or altered to perfect match the size of the user. The e-NABLE Community comprises of a group of individuals from all over the world who are using their 3D printers to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those in need of an upper limb assistive device. Concepts like this are now becoming more commonplace as AM continues to move into the mainstream.


Typically, traditional manufacturing techniques and materials are used to produce the structural section of functional prosthetics. AM is often then implemented at the interface section by producing complex contours that fit perfect to the users anatomy improving comfort and fit. AM is also implemented on the external outer surface of prosthetics to produce life-like and organic outer shells that hide the mechanical nature of prosthetics. This also allows the wearer to fully customize their prosthetics to whatever design or style they prefer.

3D Printing in Research and development

3D printing is enormously exciting in its own right. Innovative companies are unlocking its potential in many different ways. One area that we're especially interested in, when it comes to 3D printing, is its applications in research and development. Research and development. It constitutes the first stage of development of a potential new service or product.

Why choose 3d printing ?
  • Changing designs at any stage and creating prototypes rapidly are things 3d printing brings to your office desktop in matter of time and cost.
  • Effortless replication and design modification.
  • Faster realization of product designs and utility, as well as pitch to investors.
  • Product innovation lifecycles and future product development.
  • Affordable to most of the business in industrial sector.
  • Slow process of realization
  • Difficult and time consuming ways to bring the idea into reality.
  • In case of changes in design bunch of processes going to be repeated.
  • Virtual assembly is not that much real.
3D Printing in Jewellery

India and jewelry, jewelry and Indian women - the terms are linked inherently. At the time of wedding as well as numerous other occasions, a woman is gifted jewelry by her parents and relatives. Although the gift is meant to give her security in contingency, ornamentation is an obvious purpose. All the cities across the length and width of India have shops of jewelers - some traditional and some modern jewelers, catering to the need of all kinds. Not that the affluent class people wear ornaments, there are low cost jewelry items in ample, which cater the demand of low income group as well.



Why choose an 3D printing to craft Jewelry?

Easy to discuss a design It's with clients and fit test the design. Easily translate the client's wishes into a 3D printed model you can touch.Testing ideas and fast iterations lets you discover what works and what doesn't with no cost penalties. Recreating textures and finishes adds a new dimension. Verify designs before investing in expensive molding tools.

Challenges ( Tratitional Methods )
  • No customization
  • Limited variety
  • Less accuracy of the hand craft models.
  • Hand craft wax models needs skilled workers.
  • More time consuming for wax model making.
  • The SLA Tecnology is a powerful 3d printing tool for jewelers, artists, and designers. Quickly iterate on your ideas and rapidly produce large batches of ready - to - cast parts.
  • Print castable parts in hours for less than the cost of a single piece of carving wax. This process allows you to skip rubber molding and patternmaking; move from print directly to burnout and casting.
  • SLA rapid and repeatable print process allows you to quickly build inventory of popular designs. Print up to 100 rings a day, and move directly into production.
  • 3D printing as a production technique gains more and more importance. With a great variety of services offering this production method, jewellery design becomes accessible to a growing number of creatives.
  • An important advantage of using 3d printing are the relatively low costs for prototypes, small batch series or unique and personalized designs.
  • Shapes that are hard or impossible to create by hand can often be realized by 3D printing. Popular materials to print include Polyamide, steel and wax (latter for further processing).
  • Every printable material has its very own constraints that have to be considered while designing the piece of jewellery using 3D Modelling Software.
  • 3D printing has allowed large luxury brands and independent jewelers to efficiently manufacture collections while lowering the cost of customized jewelry. With the SLA Technology, industrial 3D printing can take place right on your workbench, at an incredibly affordable price.
  • With desktop production, your designs and intellectual property remain in-house and free from unauthorized copy or reproduction.
3D Printing in Education

India has made progress in terms of increasing the primary education attendance rate and expanding literacy to approximately three-quarters of the population in the 7 - 10 age group, by 2011.[4] India's improved education system is often cited as one of the main contributors to its economic development.[5] Much of the progress, especially in higher education and scientific research, has been credited to various public institutions. While enrollment in higher education has increased steadily over the past decade, reaching a Gross Enrollment Ratio of 24% in 2013,[6] there still remains a significant distance to catch up with tertiary educationenrollment levels of developed nations,[7] a challenge that will be necessary to overcome in order to continue to reap a demographic dividend from India's comparatively young population..



Why choose an 3D printing in education?

You might not have access to a real fossil or rare insect species, and a field trip to the ancient ruins described in your textbook may be outside the budget, but you can 3D print a model of just about anything! Design your own models, or save time by printing existing files from libraries like My Mini Factory, Thingiverse, Yeggi.


You can print new models in a matter of hours, so it's easy to respond directly to student curiosity, instead of being limited by what you ordered ahead of time. What if you could make a visual example for any one of your pre-existing lessons? What if you could make 40 of them that each student could take home and study?

  • Less visualization.
  • Theoretical importance.
  • Less Practical work.
  • Less learning efficiency.
In Primary Education.
  • Three dimensional visuals act as amazing learning aids to help explain difficult concepts to students
  • There's nothing like a 3D brain or the like to grab the interest of students and help them to learn
  • 3D printing inspires hands on learning and is a natural complement too
In Secondary Education.
  • CAD skills lead students to 3D design proficiency.
  • Three - dimensional visuals act as amazing learning aids to help explain difficult concepts to students at all levels.
  • 3D printing inspires hands on learning and is a natural complement too.
  • It enhances problem solving as they have to correct flaws and reprint it to arrive as its final form.
  • It introduces them to digital manufacturing and processes.

Tomorrow's engineers, designers and problem solvers deserve every tool available to build a brilliant future. 3D printing fuels limitless creativity when students get to see, hold and test their ideas in real space. Bringing 3D printing into the classroom exposes learners to the same cutting - edge technologies they'll encounter in their careers, giving them a jump - start on tomorrow's challenges.


We know that new technologies offer a "wow" factor for students because they build engagement and create excitement. 3d printers naturally fit into curricula in areas where students are required to do some hard thinking, to problem solve and to design. 3d printing in education is a powerful tool in aiding your students to conceptualize and visualize designs through the stages of development, from sketch to final product. In 2011, Forbes predicted "teachers and students want or have a 3D printer on the desk to help them learn core Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) principles."

Here are 5 major ways 3D printers benefit education :
  • Create Excitement
  • Compliment STEM Curriculum.
  • Give Access to Materials not available before.
  • Open New Possibilities for Learning.
  • Promote Problem Solving Skills.
  • New learning materials: often you may want new teaching materials but may not be able to afford to budget for them. Now these resources can be made using a 3D printer, saving money on your department budget. Printing your own learning materials is not only usually cheaper, but it is almost always quicker too.
  • Improved learning methods: even though students are traditionally taught through books and theory, kinesthetic learners prefer to learn through using aids and materials. 3D printing allows you to bring any subject matter to life as a physical aid to engage all of your students, for a longer period of time, increasing their learning and improving their problem solving and critical thinking capabilities.
  • Helping students to improve: using this technology in schools can help students to improve in their area. For example, a student designing something can make a prototype to analyse and enhance upon, or a student wanting to bake a pudding in a unique design can create their own cake mould. Teachers can 3D print props for the classroom which are quick to make and affordable such as these dice. Students can use these props immediately in the classroom and apply maths concepts such as understanding 3D views, plans, elevations, probability, in their creation too.
3D Printing in Architecture

An architect is someone who plans, designs, and reviews the construction of buildings. To practice architecture means to provide services in connection with the design of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the buildings, that have as their principal purpose human occupancy or use


Professionally, an architect's decisions affect public safety, and thus an architect must undergo specialized training consisting of advanced education and a practicum (or internship) for practical experience to earn a license to practice architecture.


The terms architect and architecture are also used in the disciplines of landscape architecture, naval architecture, and often information technology (for example a network architect or software architect). In most jurisdictions, the professional and commercial uses of the terms "architect"[3] and "landscape architect" are legally protected.



Why choose an 3D printing in architecture field?
  • It eliminates ambiguity when holding a real-life model of the concept
  • Architects can test market potential, discuss ideas with potential buyers or raise capital from investors
  • Your Ultimaker does all the hard work for you. Print one or twenty models, it's up to you
  • Easily recreate textures, finishes and colors to create a new dimension.
  • You can print complex shapes and geometries
  • It creates less waste, using up to 90% of the raw material
  • Build core capability in the profession at all levels
  • Campaign to promote our role in enhancing business outcomes through design.
  • Lobby for change in the process of design procurement towards value creation.
  • Refuse to enter design competitions that do not comply with Australian Institute of Architects guidelines.
  • Expand service offers and capacity through collaboration and increase the quality and effectiveness of services.
  • Specialise in selected building typologies.
  • Increase technical expertise in virtual building modelling and a range of other applications
  • Embrace early contractor involvement to your own benefit.
  • Engage in popular design debate.
  • Inspire politicians with your vision for a better built environment.

Save time and stand out of the crowd with amazing study models. Forget about Foamcore, we produce white architectural models in any format you may need for an improved representation or to showcase multiple alternatives on the initial phase of your project. Our plastic and resin materials are strong and durable enough to be easily transported and safely handled. The multicolor material is also a great alternative to represent your ideas and accelerate your design workflow.


  • Present effectively your ideas to a jury or other professionals with a 3D printed competition model additionally to your Proof of Concept Model.
  • We 3D print architecture monochromatic models in large sizes: up to 27" in a single run and we can carefully section your model if it is bigger.
  • The main advantage of 3D printing is that we can produce any model regardless its shape, even for one single unit. It is the ideal fabrication method for Competition or Graduation models.
  • Saves Time and Money : One of the major benefits of 3D printing for architects is time - saving and cost-effectiveness. Unlike the traditional ways, 3D printed architectural scale models can be developed in matter of hours. Conventional methods require many days, many man-hours and skilled craftsmen, thus adding to the cost.
  • Seamless Integration : Most architectural firms already have in-house design teams using CAD applications. 3D printer can easily communicate with these applications to render scale models accurately, without introducing human-errors, thereby integrating seamlessly in the design process.
  • Added Design Possibilities : 3D printers allow architects to design freely without worrying about human - errors being introduced in the final output. 3d printed architectural scale models are immaculately accurate. This freedom empowers architects to push the boundaries of design while having the possibility of rendering multiple - copies faster than ever.
  • Better Perspective : No amount of drawings, blueprints, or digital 3D models can emulate the "real - life" perspective offered by 3D printed architectural scale models. Architects can identify, test and assess the scale-model for design flaws taking correctional measures before construction. These visually appealing scale models can also be leveraged in promotions and presentations to clients.
  • Promotional 3D printed models are a key component on virtual tours to promote your real estate project. They allow your investors or future clients to project themselves in your program.
  • Three - dimensional plans, cutaway drawings, city scalemodels.. Sculpteo prints realistic scaled models of a wide range of sizes according to the promotional needs of your sales department, showroom or during a professional trade show.
  • Sculpteo also 3D prints full color scaled models or plastic models that you can use as customized promotional models for your clients.
3D Printing in Product Design
Product design as a verb is to create a new product to be sold by a business to its customers.
  • A very broad concept, it is essentially the efficient and effective generation and development of ideas through a process that leads to new products.
  • Product design process : the set of strategic and tactical activities, from idea generation to commercialization, used to create a product design. In a systematic approach, product designers conceptualize and evaluate ideas, turning them into tangible inventions and products. The product designer's role is to combine art, science, and technology to create new products that people can use. Their evolving role has been facilitated by digital tools that now allow designers to communicate, visualize, analyze and actually produce tangible ideas in a way that would have taken greater manpower in the past.


Why choose an 3D printing in Product designing?
  • Within hours you have a real-life version of your product in hand to study and improve where necessary
  • Easily discuss designs and prototypes with peers
  • Design and redesign again and again without extra cost
  • Recreate textures, finishes and colors and customize every part exactly as you wish
  • Risk is reduced by testing a design before tool investment
  • Highly complex geometries and functional models are easily achieved, time after time
  • 2D designing.
  • Less precision of accuracy.
  • Time Consuming.
  • Less surety before creating & producing any 2D designed product.
  • Reduced overhead costs : A 3D printer reduces your overhead costs significantly, and in more ways than one. First, it cuts down on material costs. Instead of using a big block of plastic, metal or other material and cutting the product out of it (subtractive manufacturing,) you're able to use only the materials absolutely necessary for the build (additive manufacturing). This not only cuts your upfront costs for materials, it also reduces the funds you'd normally spend on transporting and disposing of that waste. A 3D printer also basically eliminates your labor costs. While you do need someone to design the product and send it to the printer, that's about it. You don't need someone to pull parts off conveyor belts and put components together; it's all done quickly and seamlessly via the printer.
  • Greater creativity : This is one of the best advantages of 3D printers. Unlike with traditional manufacturing methods, you're not limited by your workforce or the machines you're using. A 3D printer lets you create virtually anything you can imagine. Use any plastic, metal, ceramic, glass or alloy material you want, and get creative with colors, intricate details or anything else your product requires.
  • Faster product delivery The 3D printing process can be completed anywhere in the world as long as a printer is available. That means you can produce your products locally, right where your customers live. For example, if a product is ordered in Canada, a 3D printing facility in Canada can receive your product design, print it out and ship it from there. Then you don’t have to pay costly shipping or customs fees, and your customer gets the product quickly, easily and affordably.
  • Creation of small - scale lightweight models and prototypes. Many products are just too large or bulky to take on sales calls. Unfortunately, that can make closing deals difficult. Buyers want to see and feel a product before they invest in it; otherwise, it's just not worth the risk. Thankfully, this is yet another area where a 3D printer can help. With one, you can easily and quickly produce detailed, to - scale models and prototypes of larger products, parts and components. Then your team can take them on sales calls, to pitch meetings and more to ensure they make that sale.
  • High - performance manufacturing processes are made to deliver flexibility, and that is a feature that is hard to find in the conventional industrial prototyping procedures.
  • Rapid prototyping and 3D printing capabilities, it is possible to make quick changes to a product design such as changing geometries, providing the right tolerance, and material design.
  • That aspect makes product prototype design phase to be less costly, take little time, and ensure that it is possible to have a quick back since product visualizations are easy to make using rapid prototyping and 3D printing.
The benefits of rapid prototyping and 3D printing in product design phases and manufacturing

Rapid prototyping and 3D printing capabilities have helped many companies to turn many great ideas into amazing products quicker than ever before. A product that can take days to model can now only be visualized in a matter of minutes or hours. That feature has enabled many manufacturing firms to reduce their product lead times and improve productivity. The adoption of rapid prototyping and 3D printing technologies in the manufacturing industry is now at its highest. The predictions are that many industrial processes will be modeled using the technologies, and that can be seen as a positive step towards maintaining high-quality standards in products.

Accuracy and Precision

The conventional industrial prototyping standards are known for their frequent revisions, and that is seen as the biggest contributors to lowering quality of manufacturing standards. However, rapid prototyping enables manufacturers to understand the design of any product iteratively. Through rigorous testing, evaluation, and quick remodeling capabilities; the technologies ensure that manufacturers come up with flawless product designs. There is also an element of flexibility which largely misses out in the conventional design procedures. Rapid prototyping and 3D printing design approach heavily rely on direct modeling from CAD, and that make vital virtual product trials and error elimination to be possible.

Easy communication of ideas

Manufacturers often rely on physical product models to convey design concepts to clients, marketers, collaborators, or even the regulating bodies. However, the challenge is that complex product designs may not be cost-effective to present as physical models. Rapid prototyping and 3D printing are built to handle even the most complex design ideas. They also facilitate clear and detailed way of presenting design ideas since their CAD capabilities can visualize a product in the right 3D form without having the need to resort to the costly, and sometimes unfeasible building of physical models.

Testing of product prototypes is made easy with rapid prototyping and 3D printing

Besides working on a how a product will look like at the end of its manufacturing procedures, manufacturers have a real test to determine whether their products satisfy regulating standards, are free from errors, and gives high performance. Rapid prototyping and 3D printing can work with many spectra of materials such as polymers, thermoplastics, composites, ceramics, and metals. Besides, it is possible to withstand secondary finishing processes such as painting, annealing, sealing, polishing, electroplating or metallization. Rapid prototyping and 3D printing make it possible for realistic models of products to be formed. Consequently, it gets easier to conduct the relevant tests on the product designs to ensure that they satisfy design concepts.

3D Printing in Engineering

Engineering is the application of mathematics, science, economics, and social and practical knowledge to invent, innovate, design, build, maintain, research, and improve structures, machines, tools, systems, components,materials, processes, solutions, and organizations. The discipline of engineering is extremely broad and encompasses a range of more specialized fields of engineering, each with a more specific emphasis on particular areas of applied science, technology and types of application.

Why choose an Ultimaker in Engineering?
  • When engineering bold new designs, 3D printing let's you try new prototypes, addressing problems and finding solutions as you go, all in only a matter of hours. Even those with complex internal structures and geometries, something traditional methods just can't offer.
  • 3D printing shrinks the development process from months to a matter of days.
  • You're able to test ideas quickly and discover what does and doesn't work. New iterations have no cost penalties.
  • Engineers can discuss a design with peers or rapidly test the market potential at a trade - show
  • It's easy to personalize and tweak parts to uniquely fit your needs at no extra cost and in just a matter of hours.
  • You can verify a design before investing in an expensive molding tool.
  • Even the most complex moving parts are achievable.
  • Operating parameters
  • Operating and nonoperating environmental stimuli
  • Test requirements
  • External dimensions
  • Maintenance and testability provisions
  • Materials requirements
  • Reliability requirements
  • External surface treatment
  • Design life
  • Packaging requirements
  • External marking
  • Improves quality of the design : 3D CAD software comes with over 700,000 standard templates of mechanical components. Using 3D CAD modeling for mechanical engineering design allows designers to use the existing templates, thus ensuring the accuracy of the design, and also saving the design time
  • Increases productivity of the designer : 3D CAD modeling helps the designer visualize the mechanical component in 3D at the initial stage itself and make any changes instantly, if needed. This enhances productivity of the designer as he doesn't have to revisit the design at a later stage
  • Easy documentation : The traditional methods of drafting involve manually documenting various aspects of the mechanical component, which is a tedious process and need high levels of accuracy. 3D CAD modeling makes the entire process of documenting component designs easy, as it comes preloaded with flexible documentation options - like documenting geometries and dimensions of the product, material specifications, bill of materials, etc.
  • Reduces design time : Getting a virtual 3D CAD model in the design phase aids in faster development and helps the mechanical engineers complete the design and get into the manufacturing of the mechanical component much faster
  • Saves cost : 3D CAD comes with many standard designed components which saves the designer from the trouble of designing them again from scratch. This saves crucial time and money. Also, obtaining the licensed modeling software is expensive hence outsourcing 3D CAD modeling is the preferred option, as it helps in saving the costs further.
  • As 3D printing itself is a relatively new industry in its own right, there are not yet many degrees available that focus solely on 3D printing, but there are a select few already in existence.
  • There are many types of engineering degrees that will give you a background that is directly applicable to the world of 3D printing, and some even encompassing different subjects areas that will give you direct access to the techniques used in additive manufacturing processes.
  • Creating Prototypes is a standard procedure of R & D, but high tool cost always suppress engineer's creativity and new possibilities.
3D Printing in Dentistry

Dentistry is a branch of medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, commonly in the dentition but also the oral mucosa, and of adjacent and related structures and tissues, particularly in the maxillofacial (jaw and facial) area.[2] Dentistry is important to one's overall health. Dental treatments are carried out by the dental team, which often consists of a dentistand dental auxiliaries (dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, as well as dental therapists).

Why choose an Ultimaker in medicine?
  • Doctors communicate more clearly with patients through tangible models.
  • It's assisting doctors to plan a surgery, lowering operation times and increasing patient recovery.
  • Medical device innovation through rapid prototyping.
  • Low-cost models are great as teaching aids.
  • It's possible to tailor parts to fit any unique requirement.
  • 90% of the raw material is used resulting in less waste.
Benefits Of Using 3D Printing Applications In Dentistry.

The Challenge

3D printing and CAD / CAM enable fast, cost-efficient workflows for mass production and individual customization. They enable accurate dental models and products that produce perfect fits and excellent aesthetic results - thus generating more business. "With today's economy, dental laboratories are increasingly turning to digital technologies to safeguard their competitiveness and expand their opportunities," said Markus Dohrn, general manager of DCD Dental Consulting. "We believe that any dental lab considering advancing into digital should do so quickly."

For DCD Dental Consulting, this meant it had no time to waste in adopting digital dentistry for its own operations. "It became imperative to have a fast and productive system that could provide attractive digital services and products of high quality," he says.

To move beyond manually produced models for veneers, crowns, bridges and implants, DCD Dental Consulting looked for a flexible 3D printing solution that would grow with the company and support ongoing product development and service expansion. Once demand for its digitally produced models gained momentum, DCD Dental Consulting needed to speed up its digital workflow to cope with the increase in orders, while maintaining high aesthetic standards and optimal fit.

The Solution

DCD Dental Consulting looked for multiple business advantages, including better products, shorter processing times and more accuracy. The company found all this, and more, with the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer.

DCD Dental Consulting quickly experienced the ease and speed of the Objet 3D Printer. After learning the system and beginning production, company leaders soon discovered that the Objet Eden 3D Printer radically increased its manufacturing workflows. At DCD Dental Consulting, the Objet 3D Printer is used in conjunction with digitally designed dental restoration. The company leverages its digital dentistry expertise to integrate smoothly with the market's leading dental restoration manufacturing solutions.

Much like a drill jig is used in manufacturing to ensure a hole is placed in the exact right location, physicians also implement guides and tools to assist in surgery. Historically, surgical guides and tools were generic devices made of titanium or aluminium. By implementing AM, physicians are able to create guides that precisely follow a patient's unique anatomy, accurately locating drills or other instruments used during surgery. AM guides and tools are used to make the placement of restorative treatments (screws, plates and implants) more precise, resulting in better postoperative results.

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To maintain a competitive edge, modern dental laboratories need to cover a wide and constantly expanding range of end-product demands. With digital dentistry, forward-looking labs can successfully meet the challenge, improve model production efficiency and grow by developing new lines of business. DCD Dental Consulting Laboratories, a full-service dental laboratory and consulting company, established its own digital workflow based on Objet 3D printing. In only a few months, DCD Dental Consulting has expanded its business offering, increased its capacity and built a solid reputation for digital dentistry knowledge and services.

The Solution

The Objet 3D Printer gives DCD Dental Consulting a fast and robust solution, "Productivity was not the only improvement," says Dohrn. "The Objet models are highly accurate and predictable, and they reliably deliver a perfect fit and occlusion on the physical model, producing aesthetic results."


Using the Objet 3D Printer, DCD Dental Consulting has become a completely modern dental solution provider. It has integrated the Objet 3D Printer with 3Shape Trios intraoral scanners and Model Builder software, creating a complete digital workflow for in-house fabrication of models.


With efficient in-house manufacturing and many new indication possibilities, DCD Dental Consulting now offers a greater variety of dental solutions to its dentist clients, while also pursuing new business opportunities to power ongoing growth.


"We are proud of our high rates of customer satisfaction and loyal returning customers," says Dohrn. "Manufacturing dental models using our Objet 3D Printer has contributed increased speed, consistency and accuracy - and enabled a new cost - effective business model."

3D Printing in Laser Engraving

Laser engraving, which is a subset of laser marking, is the practice of using lasers to engrave an object. Laser marking, on the other hand, is a broader category of methods to leave marks on an object, which also includes color change due to chemical/molecular alteration, charring, foaming, melting, ablation, and more. The technique does not involve the use of inks, nor does it involve tool bits which contact the engraving surface and wear out, giving it an advantage over alternative engraving or marking technologies where inks or bit heads have to be replaced regularly.



The impact of laser marking has been more pronounced for specially designed "laserable" materials and also for some paints. These include laser - sensitive polymers and novel metal alloys.


The term laser marking is also used as a generic term covering a broad spectrum of surfacing techniques including printing, hot-branding andlaser bonding. The machines for laser engraving and laser marking are the same, so that the two terms are sometimes confused by those without knowledge or experience in the practice.

3D Printing in Entertainment
Why choose an 3D Printing in other industry?
  • It's easy to customize and tweak each design to fit your needs at no extra cost
  • There's complete freedom to create any shape, even complex geometry
  • You can recreate textures, finishes and colors that add a whole new dimension
  • Designers can try an actual product and test its appeal
  • Products can be produced on demand rather than amassing huge inventories.

In a business where every product is custom and unprecedented, 3D printing offers quick, agile fabrication. Effects studios, filmmakers and game designers use it in some of their most demanding projects.


Hollywood special effects studio Legacy Effects uses 3D printing to make blockbuster movies. And remember the farm family in Chipotle's award-winning 3D animation "Back to the Start"? They were 3D printed. Bono even swung from a 3D printed custom microphone during U2's world tour.


Today additive manufacturing (AM) is a major player in the arts & entertainment industry. Every year AM steps forward into the spotlight a little bit more; it has changed the way costumes, props, and movie sets are built not to mention prototyping for our favorite electronic devices. Movie studios, and fan clubs have created action figures and other memorabilia using 3D printing technology because it's the best choice for for short series manufacturing. We are going to take you on a journey today, as we discover how award winning entertainment such as movies, TV, and electronic devices are changing with the help of 3D printing.

VisiSonics leverages world - class scientific discovery to add a third dimension to the sound we all hear over headsets, bringing 3D sound to gaming, virtual reality, and entertainment meaning both movies and music platforms. The headset is described as being able to "recreate the auditory ambiance of the environment, creating a complete immersive audio experience" they also describe on their website that the RealSpace 3D audio headphones have "pin - point accuracy, creating the perception of real source direction, distance, depth, and movement relative to the listener and all of this can be heard through standard stereo headphones". VisiSonics' developed the proprietary science-based algorithms and hardware giving the listener the experience of actually being present in the scene. And we are proud to say that these headphones were iterated using 3D printing services from Sculpteo.


At Sculpteo we are convinced that 3D printing is going to increase in the world of gaming, for more information on projects that we have been a part of associated with gaming check out our Pixel Art inspired by 8-bit video games.

Laika is an American stop - motion animation studio specializing in movies and commercials. They are based out of Portland, OR and are best known for their stop - motion feature films, Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. The studio created the aesthetic for an Oscar nominated animated feature film called "Anomalisa" this film makes use of Laika's rapid prototyping techniques, which use 3-D printers with color-uniform results to create interchangeable faces and expressions for the puppets used in their stop-motion animation.


Laika studio was actually presented with a Scientific and Engineering Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards on February 13, 2016. They were recognized and celebrated for bringing 3D printing into stop-motion animation, which enabled to revolutionize character expressiveness, facial animation, motion blur and effects animation all thanks to how they use 3D printing technology.


However Laika is not the only movie studio to utilize additive manufacturing to create movies, Aardman Studios has used the technology in the past to create their feature film "Pirates" which featured a range of characters and a set all created with 3D printing technology. Many of Aardman Studio's previous films were created using Plasticine but the problem with Plasticine is that the more detail you add, the easier it was to smudge, so they decided to correct this issue by using 3D printing instead. It was used to create hard mouth replacements for the characters: the animation took the initial clay sculpts, removed the heads, cleaned off the hair and scanned them using a 3D scanner - taking them into Maya to prepare the models for 3D printing.


Legacy Effects formed in 2008 have produced special effects for Robo Cop, Pacific Rim, the Iron Man series, and Avatar with the help of 3D printing and Sculpteo shares something in common with Legacy Effects, we both utilize Carbon 3D printers. To learn more about the Carbon print and Clip technology we suggest this article “Introducing the Carbon 3D printer and CLIP technology“.

Kadet Kuhne describes herself as a "visual and sound artist who generates synthetic stimuli as an investigation of subjectivity through systems of control and technological mediation". Kadet's works have been presented nationally and internationally at select venues such as the Museum of Art Lucerne, de Young Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Contemporary Art Center Villa Arson, Antimatter Film Festival, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Krowswork, LACE Gallery, Crossroads Film Festival and Highways Performance Space and Gallery. Kadet uses 3D printing to create prints of sound waves, and lithophanes from 3D printed still photos. Lithophanes are wonderful introduction into 3D printing, the first step to complete is to turn your 2D image into a 3D image which you can do by following these steps. 3D printing is changing arts and entertainment, and if you would like further information on how they are changing make sure to visit our page dedicated to the entertainment industry.