You have seen these amazing items to which you can’t get your hands into. Sometime the items you wish can be expensive. Sometimes it will not be available that easy due to logistical reasons. One way to tackle the issue with the help of current day tech is 3D printing. It provides artists with an opportunity to bring their imaginations to life. Consumer level affordability is the buzzword here. You don’t have to go through all the industrial expenses. It is now possible to have a household manufacturing system. Coming at around $1000, the 3D printers provide such sort of affordability to anyone.
Categories in 3D printing:
There are various types of 3D printing – FDM, sterolithiography, polyjet and laser sintering. Laser sintering falls in the higher spectrum of 3D printing whereas FDM is the least efficient.
Role of Formlabs:
The Boston based startup- Formlabs release printers that employs all four techniques. They cashed in on all successful crowdfunding campaigns for their releases.
Fuse1 3D printers:
Fuse1 SD is Formlabs latest release. It employs SLS printing technique. It sprays finest powder and create thin solid layer and thereby a solid 3D object. It prints objects layer by layer till the shape is attained.
Advantages over other 3D printers:
SLS or laser sintering printers produce finer objects. The print would be more sturdy and of high quality. It reduces wastage to a great extent.
At $10000, the Fuse1 3D printer is never going to make it to the households. But still it opens up manufacturing for a lot of smaller firms. It works on the path of manufacturing democratization. It opens up the manufacturing segment to a whole new demographic.
Scope of SLS printing: