After the world’s first 3D Printed building opened in Dubai, and stood as an example of the country’s technological and architectural talent, the entire 3D Printing concept is now being looked at with keen interest by both technology enthusiasts and the general curiosity animals alike.
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So, how did the folks in Dubai manage to conceptualize an entire building with 3D Printing and what exactly are the advantages of such a project. We attempt to find out.
What is 3D Printing actually, is it related to conventional printing technique?
3D Printing, though sounding similar to conventional “Printing”, is way ahead of the legacy technology. It involves people creating a virtual design of the concept they have in mind, with the help of an appropriate 3D program.
The virtual 3D design, created with the above methods, is passed through additive processes (a customized 3D printing procedure) to create multiple layers of the desired material and then the final solid object is made.
3D Printing also involves the use of 3D scanners to accurately reproduce a 3D version of the objects that users have designed.
It is scientifically and practically proved that 3D Printing is beneficial:
- When the 3D Printed tower in Dubai is taken into consideration, the overall labor charge was reportedly just USD 140,000; there was apparently only one staff member to check-out the 20 feet high 3D printer, and an additional 18 essential service crew comprising of mechanical engineers, installation folks and electricians.
- The above factor is indicative of the aspect that prototyping and 3D printing/3D rendering of concepts would consume significantly lesser time and money to execute. The cost involved in the overall development could vary based on the initial 3D concept developed by users.
- It has also been found out that the additive processes (and manufacturing) involved in 3D Printing let users create, layers of any solid object, at a significantly cheaper rate than conventional manufacturing.
- The additive manufacturing processes, in 3D Printing, let users clearly create all object layers before they are placed (cast) in their appropriate places to complete the object.
- With 3D Printing, modifications to the object is easy to make, thereby cutting down the margin for error.
- 3D Prototyping of concepts actually lets users get a good feel of the object, before the actual 3D Printing process.
- Creative construction of any object is possible in 3D Printing. This has been found to involve the same cost as that when the object is 3D Printed straight. Creativity, in conventional object construction mechanisms, is hindered due to factors such as cost escalation, compromise in design and more.
Future of 3D Printing:
In diverse industries such as Construction, Aviation, Automobile (Automation), Medicine, and for the general everyday users.