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Top 3D Printing Technologies Being Used In 2023

Evolution of 3D Printing

3D printing technology has evolved dramatically, becoming more efficient and easier to use. The earliest 3D printing machines were large and slow, used mainly for prototyping and creating custom parts. However, since then, technology has made drastic improvements.

Unravel the Most Important Types of 3D Printing

The innovation of 3D printing technology has allowed for the creation of new products and the improvement of existing ones. As 3D printing continues to progress, it is certain to revolutionize the way we design, produce, and use products. Here are the types of 3D printing technologies that are now being deployed to create real-world things:


Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM

FDM is the most commonly used 3D printing technology and it uses a plastic filament as its main material. The filament is heated and extruded by a nozzle on the 3D printer to create the desired shape.

FDM is known for its ease of use, affordability, and wide range of materials that can be used with the technology. This technology is commonly used for prototyping and in the production of parts with less accuracy in terms of small & complex designs.

Pros of FDM Machines

  1. Cost-Effective: FDM machines cost as little as a few hundred dollars and the materials needed for FDM are also relatively inexpensive, making it an attractive option for those on a budget.

  2. Easy Setup: FDM printers are relatively easy to set up compared to other 3D printing technologies, making it an ideal option for those new to 3D printing, as well as those who don’t have the time or resources to spend on complex setups.

  3. Wide Range of Materials: FDM can print with a wide range of thermoplastic materials, making it possible to create products with high strength and durability, as well as, those with intricate details and complex geometries.

Cons of FDM machines

  1. Low Resolution: FDM printers have relatively low resolution compared to other 3D printing technologies. As a result, they are not able to produce products with very fine details or complex geometries.

  2. Slow Printing Speed: FDM printers are relatively slow compared to other 3D printing technologies, and therefore are not suitable for printing large batches of products quickly.

Stereolithography (SLA)

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

Digital Light Processing (DLP)

Overall, 3D printing technologies have come a long way and the number of materials and objects that can be created is growing rapidly. 3D printers are getting much smaller, faster, and more precise, with the ability to create intricate, detailed objects with greater accuracy and repeatability than ever before.

Happy Printing!

Penned by:-

Tanya A. Mishra

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