3D metal printing is a process that is quite similar to 3D printing in its original form. 3D printing is traditionally a process that uses a biodegradable material like plastic to create structures or objects like houses or building structures. In other words, 3D printing is the process of taking an image or drawing that is in 2D and recreating that same image in 3D. 3D metal printing only differs in that 3D metal printing uses metal instead of another type of biodegradable material.
3D printing is the process of taking an image or drawing that is in 2D and recreating it in 3D. A giant computer and printer trace over an open space with fine metal material over and over again until the designer sees fit. This printing process can be used to print both small and large 3D objects out of metal in a relatively short amount of time.
How Can 3D Printing Be Used to Advance Humankind?
The possibilities with 3D metal printing are limitless. Metal is a special material that can be soft or sturdy. Certain metals can conduct electricity very well while others are weak conductors. This means that the metals used in 3D metal printing can be varied to meet the purposes of the projects they are meant to create. When a process can be adapted to meet the user’s needs, the project is both efficient and precise. That efficiency and precision is what can be used to advance humankind.
3D metal printing has been used to create solid tools, reinforced metal structures, and strong machines. Items that are 3D printed in metal can even be created so that they have less parts than the typical machine. When there are less parts to a machine, then there are fewer chances of the machine breaking or malfunctioning when stress is put on a certain point of that machine. When tools and everyday useful items are created to be stronger and more efficient, then they last longer. When an item lasts longer, fewer materials are needed to create mass numbers of its weaker counterparts.
What Are Other Benefits of Choosing 3D Metal Printing Over Conventional Methods of Construction?
3D printing in metal allows for customization as the designer or customer see fit. As stated above, some metals are pliable but weak, and some metals are strong but not pliable. This means that sturdier materials would not lend themselves to customization very easily when constructed conventionally. 3D metal printing will allow the designer to create a very sturdy structure without having to sacrifice custom features or designs that he desires.
Standard items can be adapted to fit individual needs. Any metal item, such as a hammer, can be lengthened, widened, shaped, or bent to fit the needs of the individual using it. So, while these items can be conventionally created in mass quantities, it makes sense for users in unique situations to have a metal item 3D printed to fit his needs.
When items are 3D metal printed, the environment benefits. This is because there is no need for large pieces of machinery or factories to produce the 3D metal printed items. When there are fewer factories and chemically-laden processes, then there is a smaller carbon footprint left behind.