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How high is the maintenance cost of 3D printers in proportion to the acquisition cost?

How high is the maintenance cost of 3D printers in proportion to the acquisition cost?

I would like to get some approximate data on the maintenance costs of 3D printers for the different printing methods, i.e. fused deposition modeling, stereolithography and selective laser sintering.

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Can you clarify your question, tou talk about industrial or personal 3D printers?

A box of ABS wire (1000 mm3) costs about 100 EURO, the base plate is reuseable (maybe 10 EURO).

The controller software estimate the volume of the materials (model and support) and the time.

Your question is very broad, but I would assume is directed towards the industrially-focussed AM equipment (rather than the desktop FDM machines such as the Makerbot etc…), For our SLS, we need to bring in a service company from Germany (to the UK) every time something needs diagnosis and fixing (if its beyond our knowledge and capability). Inevitably, thats usually €4k per time. We dont pay for an annual maintenance contract. Four our FDM (Stratasys Dimension), its approx. 2.5k/year, which we have paid annually until very recently, primarily as we use the machine less than we used to, and material in comparison to other processes is far more expensive.

May I add a related question: How about energy costs? Will the energy bill go beyond reach or it is affordable?

As observed by Allan Rennie, your question is rather broad. Also, what do you include in maintenance cost?

For instance, I use a Printrbot Metal Simple personal printer. Ive used it for about nine months now and aside from replacement of one small part, I have had no other maintenance. However, if you include time for making adjustments, then this might change. I think though that for personal 3D printers, consumers wont look at this as cost. Similar to the energy cost mentioned by Javier Vargas. On none of the prints that I have made have I included those costs to figure out the exact cost of printing. Furthermore, when it comes to really maintaining when issues really go bad, it is more likely that I will buy another printer rather than fix it because the technology is still so much in flux that capabilities of printers keep improving while the purchase cost keeps going down.

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Metal 3D Printer Guide 2018

Read our big metal 3D printer guide about metal 3D printing at home & industrial, metal 3D printers, technologies, applications and more.

In the last few years, metal 3D printing has become increasingly popular. And rightly so: each material offers a unique combination of practical and aesthetic properties to suit a variety of products, be it prototypes, miniatures, jewelry, functional parts or even kitchenware.

The reason metal 3D printing is so hot is that parts will be serially 3D printed for mass adoption. In fact, some 3D printed parts are already just as good, if not better, than those manufactured by traditional methods.

In traditional manufacturing, making metal and plastic objects can be a wasteful process. Lots of chunky parts and a lot of surplus material are used. When aircraft makers manufacture metal parts, up to 90% of the material is being cut away. 3D printing metal parts uses less energy and reduces waste to a minimum. Especially, as the finished 3D printed product can be up to 60% lighter compared to the machined part. The aviation industry alone saves billions of dollars through this weight reduction, mainly on fuel.

So, what do you have to know about metal 3D printing? Heres more:

What can you do if you want to 3D print metal at home? As extremely high temperatures are needed for metal 3D printing, you cannot use a regular FDM 3D printer for it.

Simply put: Theres no way youll gonna 3D print pure metal at home this decade. And you probably wont have a dedicated metal 3D printer standing in your home until 2020. But in some years, as nanotechnology evolves, we might to see a substantial growth in new applications. Like conductive 3D printable silver that can be ink jetted using a system very similar to the 2D graphic printer, you have at home. Even mixing different materials, like plastics and metals into the same object, is going to be possible.

Even if you cant 3D print metal objects at home, you can still resort to plastic filament with added metal lorFabbProtoPastaorTreeD Filamentsoffer interesting composite metal-PLA filaments. These are filaments that contain a significant percentage of metal powders but provide enough plastic to be printed at low temperature (200 to 300 degree Celsius) with just about any 3D printer. At the same time, they contain enough metal to look, feel and even weight of a metallic object. The iron-based filaments even form rust in certain conditions.

But you can go even further. Usually, metal 3D printer filament has 50 percent metal powder added. Dutch 3D printer filament company Formfutura claims they have ramped the ratio up to 85 percent metal powder and 15 percent PLA. The metal 3D printer filaments are calledMetalFil Ancient BronzeandMetalfil Classic Copper. You can even print it at moderate temperatures of 190 to 200 degree Celsius.

A spool of metal 3D printer filament here Formfuturas Ancient Bronze (image: Formfutura)

The key facts of metal 3D printer filament

Unique metallic finish and appearance

Ideal for jewelry, statues, home hardware, or artifact replicas

Low flexibility, depends on structural design

General print temperature range is 195C 220C

Very little shrinkage during cooling

Printing difficulty is high, requires fine-tuning of nozzle temperature, flow rate, and post-processing

Prepare your Home 3D Printer for Metal 3D Printing

As metal 3D prints are usually more difficult to achieve, you also might want to upgrade your 3D printer nozzle, especially if you are using a beginners 3D printer. Metal 3D printer filament tends to it wear off quickly. There are durable printer hotends (E3Ds V6 Hotend, for example), which are made from metal itself, withstand high temperatures and which you can mount on most 3D printers. Be prepared you will have to replace the 3D printer nozzles more often, as the metal 3D printer filament can be very abrasive.

Also, you should be aware youll probably need a proper finishing process (brushing, sand grinding, greasing, waxing or coating) of your metal 3D print to make it really shine. Here are some examples:

The prices of metal 3D printer filament

a 750-gram spool of ColorFabbs Bronzefill costs $56.36

a 750-gram spool of ColorFabbs Copperfill also costs $56.36

Protopastas Composite PLA Polishable Stainless Steel costs $56 for 500 grams

Protopastas Composite PLA Rustable Magnetic Iron costs $34,99 for 500 grams

You find somemetal 3D printer filamentsfor home use right here.

But what if you want better results or even full metal 3D prints? Should you buy a metal 3D printer for your business? We wouldnt advise it unless you want to 3D print metal every day. The price for a pro metal printer is high: a professional metal 3D printer from EOS or Stratasys will set your business back from $100.000 to $500.000. Also, the costs will rise as you need someone to operate and maintain the machine and also to finalize the print (i.e. polishing).

Simply put: Right now, there is no affordable metal 3D printer.

Unless you want to start a 3D printing metal business and you need a professional part 3D printed in metal, you should better use a 3D printing service to suit your needs. 3D printing services likeShapeways, Sculpteo, and iMaterialise offer direct metal 3D printed parts.

Speaking of wax models: They offer most 3d printed metals (including gold and silver) through a lost wax casting process. Not everything is 3D printed at their factories directly. They generally turn to other services that are specialized in metal 3D printing to carry out the order. But the number of metal 3D printing services is growing rapidly all over the world. Also, the metal 3D printers get more common at 3D printing services.

The reason big companies like it so much is that it can be used to build fully automated factories which can produce topologically optimized parts. This means its now possible to perfectly distribute the material in a component in order to make it thicker only where it needs to withstand more stresses, thus drastically reducing the weight without sacrificing structural integrity. However, this is not the only technology out there. Some are significantly more affordable and even accessible to any user.

Please be aware that 3D printing metal needs special CAD Design. Shapeways offers dedicated3D printing metal guidelinesthats worth a look. For even more advanced information, take a look atStatasys informationon metal 3D printers and the nuances of metal 3D printing.

Here are some examples of 3D printing metal prices of the commonBenchytest model:

Metallic Plastic : $22.44 (former Alumide, PLA with aluminum)

Stainless Steel: $83.75 (plated, polished)

Silver: $713.47 (solid, mirror polished)

Gold: $87,75 (gold plated, polished)

Platinum: $27,314 (solid, polished)

As to be expected, the prices for solid metal 3D printing go up quite high.

So, what do engineers and designers have to know about 3D printing metal?

First of all, there three different metal 3D printing methods you should know about.

This 3D printing technology sends a highly concentrated metal powder stream through an extruder nozzle. The powder is then molten by a laser which solidifies it. DED (Directed Energy Deposition) is great for printing large objects that dont have too many intricate details. DED metal 3D printing also can be used to repair broken parts. Theres also the possibility to use wire instead of powder, but its less accurate.

applies a liquid binding resin onto a powdered metal material. This 3D printing metal technology is fast, relatively cheap, and can also be used to create large structures. The drawback lies within the process: the objects strengths and density cant be compared to the real thing. You can post-process binder-jetted parts to make them stronger, but this will cost you some additional time.

is currently the most popular metal 3D printing process. A laser melts the material in a powder bed, thus creating the object layer by layer. The process is slow, also, it requires more careful design approach. But the results pay off: The results usually are strong and durable.

You can findmore on the metal 3D printing technologieshere.

There are some common misconceptions when it comes to 3D metal printing.

Every metal 3D printing material has certain properties you have to consider of in the designing process. You can get the specifications from the manufacturer or the metal3D printing servicedirectly.

Most 3D designs cant be just 3D printed in metal without additional design changes. So you just cant a part that was designed for plastic 3D printing and start printing away in metal.

Also, most 3D objects designed for CNC milling arent compatible with metal 3D printing. CNC objects have more volume if you just print this object in metal, it would be very costly.

Objects printed on metal 3D printers do have different properties than cast metal objects.

With that said, the benefits of 3D printing metal are great.

can create lightweight objects, making it the darling

technology of the aerospace business.

can print unique, complex structures that cant be made with casting.

finding the right parameters for metal 3D printing while designing can be demanding

Worldwide, there are more than 100 companies offering their services to 3D print metal objects for you. Here are the most popular metal 3D printing services for consumer use.

If you want to dig deeper, please check All3DPs overview on the34 Best 3D Printing Services 2017 / 2018

The most popular 3D printing servicesShapewaysi.materialisecan be accessed viaALL3DPs Best Price 3D Printing Service, where the actual prices can be compared in real-time.

Worlds most popular online 3D printing service Shapeways offers two services. As a consumer, you choose from a broad array of professionally designed items, customize them and have them printed to your specifications. Similar to other 3D printing services, Shapeways offers storefronts to designers to sell and print their work. Shapeways is also suitable for rapid prototyping customers will profit from industrial grade printers (EOS, 3D Systems) and dedicated technical support.

3D Printed Metals: Aluminum, brass, bronze, gold, platinum, precious plated metals, silver, steel. Also castable wax for jewelers.

Note: Shapeways can also be accessed viaALL3DPs Best Price 3D Printing Service, where the actual prices can be compared to i.materialise and Scuplteo in real-time.

LikeShapewaysandi.materialise, Sculpteo is an online 3D printing service that allows anyone to upload 3D models and have them fabricated in a wide variety of materials. In keeping with its competitors, Sculpteo also allows individuals and professionals to open up an online storefront and sell their designs to the public. Sculpteos stable of printers includes high-end machines by 3D Systems, EOS, Stratasys, and ZCorp. Its extensive technical documentation will help you detect design flaws and choose the right material for your project.

3D Printed Metals: Alumide (plastic added with aluminum particles), brass, silver.

Note: Sculpteo can also be accessed viaALL3DPs 3D Printing Service, where the actual prices can be compared to i.materialise and Shapeways in real-time.

Materialise is a company that works with industrial clients to produce prototypes and 3D printed products. But for the general public and individual designers, Materialise offers an online 3D printing service called i.materialise. LikeShapeways, the online 3D printing service allows anyone to upload their 3D designs and have them printed out. Once an object has been uploaded and successfully printed, a designer can offer it for sale either via the gallery on the i.materalise online store, or embedded on their website.

3D Printed Metals: Alumide (plastic with added aluminum powder), brass, bronze, copper, gold, silver, steel, titanium.

Note:i.materialise can also be accessed viaALL3DPs 3D Printing Service, where the actual prices can be compared toShapewaysandSculpteoin real-time.

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3D Printed Metals: Aluminum, bronze, cobalt chromium, stainless steel, titanium.

There are some industrial sectors that already use metal 3D printers for everyday objects you may not even know they are 3D printed.

The most common ones are medical and dental implants, which are already considered the best available option for the patients. The reason: They can be adapted to the individual needs.

The second section is jewelry. Here, most of the manufacturers are switching from resin 3D printing and lost wax casting to direct metal 3D printing.

Also, the aerospace industry is becoming more and more dependent on 3D printing metal objects.Ge-AvioAeroin Italy was the first full 3D printing factory in the world. It makes components for theLEAP jet engine.

The next industry to use metal 3D printers will be in the automotive sector. BMW, Audi, FCA are already seriously considering it, not just for prototypes (where they have used 3D printing for years), but also for actual parts.

But before metal 3D printing really takes off, some hurdles will need to be overcome. Primarily its the high cost, which cant be scaled down through molds; also the low speed of production is problematic for 3D printing metal objects.

There are many things to say about metal 3D printers. However, the main issues are the same as with any 3D printers: software and hardware limitations, materials optimization and multi-materiality. We are not going to talk about software much, other than to say that most large publishers likeAutodeskSolidWorksandsolidThinkingare all working products to exploit as much as possible the fact that metal 3D printing processes can produce any shape imaginable.

In general, 3D printed metal parts can be as strong as traditionally manufactured metal components. The parts created with DMLS have mechanical properties equivalent to a cast metal part. Also, the porosity of an object made by a good metal 3D printer can reach a 99.5% density. In fact, manufacturer Stratasys claims 3D printed metals are above industry standards for density testing.

3D printed metal is available in several resolutions. At its highest resolution, the layer thickness is 0.0008 0.0012 and the X/Y resolution is 0.012 0.016. The minimum hole diameter is 0.035 0.045.

We will, instead, begin by taking a look at what the available metal 3D printing technologies are:

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The metal 3D printing process that most large companies are taking into consideration today is known as powder bed fusion. This means that an energy source (a laser or another energy beam) fuses an atomized powder (which means it broken up into perfectly round, tiny, spheric particles) to create the layers of the objects.

There are eight major metal 3D printer producers in the world that already use this technology in their machines; more are entering the market as we speak. Most of them are located in Germany. Their technologies go by the acronym SLM (Selective Laser Melting) or DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering).

Another professional approach, which also uses a power bed, is binder jetting. In this case, the layers are formed by gluing together the metal particles and later sintering (or melting) them together in a high-temperature kiln, just like you would do for ceramics.

One other possibility, which is also similar to ceramics-based crafts, is to mix the metal powder into a metal paste. Using a pneumatic extrusion 3D printer (like a syringe bioprinter or a low-cost food printer) to form the 3D objects. Once you have 3D printed the desired shape, the objects are once again sintered in a kiln.

This approach is used byMini Metal Maker, possibly the only truly affordable metal 3D printer out there.

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You might think that the only 3D printing process missing from metal 3D printing is fused filament deposition but that is not entirely true. Of course, you cannot really fuse metal filament on your desktop and make something with that. However, the very large industrial metal manufacturers can. And do. There are two ways to go about depositing metal.

One is called DED (Directed Energy Deposition) or Laser Cladding. It uses a laser beam to fuse metal powder as it is slowly released and deposited to form the layers of an object by an industrial robotic arm.

This is usually done inside a closed chamber, however, a recent MX3D project implemented a similar approach to 3D print a real size bridge. The other is called EBAM (Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing), a type of soldering process, where a very powerful electron beam is used to fuse a 3 mm thick titanium wire and the molten metal is shaped into very large metal structures. Unless you work for the US Defense department you are unlikely to run into this technology, though.

Pure titanium (Ti64 or TiAl4V) is one of the most commonly used metals for 3D printing and it is certainly one of the most versatile, as it is both strong and light. It is used both in powder bed fusion and binder jetting processes, mainly in the medical industry (to make personalized prosthetics) and the aerospace/automotive/tooling industries (to make parts and prototypes). The only catch? It is highly reactive, which means it can easily explode when it is in powder form. That is why it needs to be 3D printed in a vacuum or in an argon gas atmosphere.

Stainless Steel is one of the most affordable metals in 3D printing. At the same time, it is very strong and can be used in a large variety of industrial and even artistic/design applications. This type of steel alloy, which also contains cobalt and nickel is particularly hard to break while at the same time it has very high elastic properties. It is used almost exclusively for industrial applications.

Inconel is a superalloy produced by a company called Special Metals Corporation, that registered the name. It is composed primarily of nickel and chrome and it has a high-temperature resistance. This is why it is used mainly for applications in the oil, chemical and aerospace industries (for airplane black boxes)

Because of it lightness and versatility, Aluminum is now a very popular metal for 3D printing applications. It is used primarily as different Aluminum based alloys.

This metal alloy has a very high specific strength (which is its strength divided by its density, which basically indicates the force required per unit area at failure). It is most commonly used to produce turbines, dental implants, and orthopedic implants: all areas where metal 3D printing is becoming the preferred manufacturing method.

Apart from some exceptions, copper and bronze are mostly used in lost wax casting processes and not so much in powder bed fusion processes. That is because they are not ideal for industrial applications and are more commonly used in arts and crafts. colorFabb offers both metals as a base for its special metal filaments.

Iron even magnetic iron is also mostly 3D printed as an additive to PLA based filaments such as the ones produced by ProtoPasta and TreeD.

Most powder bed fusion companies can 3D print with precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum. The challenge here, along with maintaining the materials aesthetic properties, is to make sure that the precious powder management is optimized. Precious metals are 3D printed both for jewelry, medical and electronics applications.

Rest assured, a metal 3D printer will strain your budget. It will cost you at least $100.000 to $250.000. Heres a variety of metal 3D printers, some of which you can find at 3D printing services.

If you had to 3D print really large metal structures, your best choice would beSciakys EBAM technology. Its capable of offering just about any size with machines built on demand. This metal 3D printer is used mainly for the US aerospace and defense industries.

Sciakys largest regularly available system is the EBAM 300. It has a build size envelope measuring 228 (5791 mm) width x 48 (1219 mm) depth x 48 (1219 mm) height.

The company claims that the EBAM 300 is also one of the fastest industrial 3D printers commercially available. This metal 3D printer can produce a 10-foot-long titanium aircraft structure in 48 hours at a rate of approximately 15 lbs. of metal per hour. In general, forgings that used to take 6-12 months to complete can be completed in 2 days with this metal 3D printer.

Sciakys unique technology uses a high power electron beam gun to melt a 3 mm thick titanium filament, with standard deposition rates ranging from 7 to 20 lbs. per hour.

Another way to 3D print large metal parts is through Fabrisonics Ultrasound Additive Manufacturing Technology (UAM). Fabrisonics production machines are three-axis CNC mills, which have an added welding head for additive manufacturing.

In this metal 3D printer, the metal layers are first cut and then welded together using ultrasound. Fabrisonics largest 3D printer, the 7200, has a build volume of 6 x 6 x 3 (2 x 2 x 1.5 meters).

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The largest powder metal 3D printer currently on the market is Concept Lasers XLine 1000. It has a build volume of 630 x 400 x 500 mm, and is as large as a single story house.

The German company, which is one of the primary 3D printer suppliers of huge aerospace companies such as Airbus, has recently introduced a new printer, the Xline 2000.

The 2000 has two lasers and even larger build volume of 800 x 400 x 500 mm. This metal 3D printer, which uses Concept Lasers LaserCUSING (a type of selective laser melting) technology, can 3D print objects in alloys of steel, aluminum, nickel, titanium, precious metals, and even some pure materials (titanium and high-grade steels.)

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Imagine if any patient could be at the top of any donor recipient list. As Baby Boomers reach their retirement years, policymakers and leaders in medicine are scrambling to find better health outcomes with lower expenses. Additive manufacturing could provide a real breakthrough in treating patients around the world, writes John Menna, Vice President of Global Strategy for Healthcare Logistics at UPS.

Even as people around the globe enjoy longer, healthier and more productive lives, the rising cost of healthcare threatens to impede such progress.

This is particularly troubling in the United States as Baby Boomers approaching retirement place a greater strain on an overburdened healthcare system.

Policymakers and medical leaders are scrambling for innovative ways to slow expenses, bracing for a demographic shift that will become arguably the central story in healthcare in the years ahead.

However, one of the great equalizers could come in the form of another disruptive technology 3D printing. Cost is at the center of the debate on 3D printing, with skeptics questioning whether 3D printers are too expensive to find a mainstream audience. But its equally as important to examine how additive manufacturing could bend the cost curve in a number of industries, especially healthcare.

Its expensive to bring new drugs to market, and developing cutting-edge technologies for evolving threats requires significant investment.

Additive manufacturing would bring newfound efficiency to the healthcare supply chain, both at the front and back ends. Right now, the pharmaceutical industry spends more than $50 billion annually on research and development.

But with 3D printing, clinical trials for drugs could be more efficient, preserving valuable research and development budgets for private companies and nonprofits alike.

With developers creating treatment plans on demand, inventory levels would also shrink. U.S. hospitals, for example, generate more than 2 million tons of medical waste each year. Much of that garbage is unused medical supplies and equipment. Newer models often replace usable medical products that are destined for the landfill without ever leaving the bubble wrap.

But 3D printers could root out such inefficiencies. Already, surgeons are using 3D printing to develop replicas of the human heart for surgery. Prosthetics for children that once cost tens of thousands of dollars now run a few hundred dollars. And 3-D printed tools are reducing error rates in surgeries.

This is just the beginning. With so-called bioprinting, cells could be deposited layer over layer to grow organs. Imagine a 3D-printed liver or even 3D-printed lungs.

The 3D printer would essentially place any patient at the top of any donor recipient list. Fewer people would risk death waiting for that perfect kidney match.

Much testing remains before widespread bioprinting becomes a reality. We must also clear a number of regulatory hurdles safety and ethical standards should drive this process. This healthcare evolution wont happen overnight, but 3D printing is providing a glimpse into a brighter future.

With 3D printing, scientists have created a bionic ear that can detect radio frequencies beyond the normal range of human hearing. Three-dimensional printers have created airway splints designed to grow as a baby grows. And researchers have developed 3D-printed skin for burn victims.

This is the ultimate form of personalized medicine, with doctors and surgeons tailoring medical plans to the individual rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Elderly patients in need of a hip or knee replacement could benefit from the 3D printer for specialty implants. Because the process is more exact, these patients would avoid the second or third procedure to replace traditional, less-effective implants.

In such a future, patients would live healthier and happier while driving down the cost of specialized and costly medical procedures. But this is more about people than dollars and cents. Picture a patient living in a remote village in the heart of Africa without access to sophisticated surgeries and medicines. What was once too expensive nothing more than a pipe dream is now deliverable.

And a logistics provider like UPS can send 3D-printed medical supplies around the globe, connecting all corners of the world faster than ever before. In this 3D-printed future, well treat more patients. And by todays standards, well do so for pennies on the dollar. And those troubling healthcare spending charts? Theyll start trending in a downward direction.

(Top image: Lawrence Bonassar, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and colleagues collaborated with Weill Cornell Medical College physicians to create an artificial ear using 3-D printing and injectable molds. Credit:Lindsay France, Cornell University.)

This articleis part of UPS LongitudesRoutes to the Futureseries, which explores the business and technology trends that will shape our world in the next 10 years.

John Menna is Vice President of Global Strategy for Healthcare Logistics at UPS.

All views expressed are those of the author.

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Arecent reportby The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) ranks 3D printing as one of the top 12 potentially economically disruptive technologies, globally. Projections from that report estimate that approximately 8% of the global workforce (320 million manufacturing workers) would be impacted by this revolutionary technology. Moreover, projections of an estimated $11 trillion worth of global manufacturing GDP would be attributed to the economic value of 3D printing.

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3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technique that creates objects, based on digital models, through printing layers of special material. In other words, its much like what an inkjet printer does in creating images on paper; instead, the 3D printing machine prints objects.

The additive manufacturing process utilized by 3D printers presents a major contrast to traditional subtractive manufacturing techniques. Such a process builds objects sequentially, layer-by-layer. Its also quite different from molding techniques used in manufacturing.

Modern 3D printers utilize numerous kinds of materials including metal, ceramics, plastic, paper, glass, and even living cells. These materials also come in varying forms, such as liquids, filaments, powders and sheets. The produced objects would feature an even greater diversity of shapes, patterns, colors and even interconnected moving parts.

Whereas some people view it as a mere fad, more and more analysts are beginning to appreciate the potential technological and economic significance of 3D printing. Indeed, its hardly possible to ignore all the revolutionary benefits of this new technology when you buy 3D printers online India.

To truly appreciate the value of inherent benefits derived from 3D printing technology, you need to contrast it with traditional methods of manufacture.

Until the advent of 3D printers, it was virtually impossible to personalize products meant for the mass market. Any form of customization would always lead to additional process costs. That changed drastically with the revolutionary additive manufacturing technology.

With 3D printers, objects can be manufactured en masse based on the requirements of customers. Moreover, unlike traditional manufacturing processes, this doesnt even necessitate separate build chambers. Instead, tones and tones of unique and varied products are easily manufactured within a single build chamber; thus, drastically cutting down on process costs when you buy 3D printers online India.

Low production cost is a significant aspect that would convince many people, especially businessmen, to buy 3D printers online India.

Use of 3D printers in low to medium volume applications can cancel out the need for tool production, leading to lower production cost. This is especially so, since production of tools constitutes the most cost-, labor- and time-intensive stages in product development. Moreover, highly intricate and complex features would be produced without the associated labor cost normally found in traditional assembly processes.

Printing objects can significantly reduce the steps involved within an entire production process. Such steps involve manufacturing, assembly, transportation and distribution. Cutting down on the overall process would also reduce wastage of materials, unlike subtractive manufacturing techniques. Apart from making the entire production process more efficient, reduced material wastage also has a positive environmental impact.

Application of object printing in medicine offers revolutionary life-saving benefits. This is evident from the potential for improved transplant success rates, on the basis of using body parts produced from a patients own cells. Patients would also not have to wait long for donor organs, since such advanced additive manufacturing technologies can be applied.

3D printing has created vast opportunities for highly complex designs that were hardly possible in traditional molding and subtractive manufacturing processes. Indeed, truly captivating and impressive visual effects have been produced by designers and artists using this cutting-edge technology. Such complexity in design is also highly beneficial in industrial applications.

Complex internal structures are being applied in object printing to increase functionality, reduce weight and add strength. For instance, metal objects can incorporate internal honeycomb structures; whereas, organs with internal blood vessel networks can be created through bio-printing. Numerous other intricate and complex designs are constantly developed and used in a wide variety of applications.

4. Sustainable / Environmentally Friendly

The efficiency of 3D printing processes makes them much more environmentally friendly than traditional manufacturing processes. Such printing machines have the capacity of using as much as 90% of standard materials; hence, creating significantly lower amounts of waste.

3D printing can also support a local manufacturing model, which has the potential of eliminating unsustainable logistics associated with worldwide shipping of high product volumes. In such a model products are simply made on demand, right where they are needed. This would also cut down on costs of managing huge inventories when you buy 3D printers online India.

The Mckinsey Global Institute report documents a monumental growth in sales of personal 3D printers at a rate of 200% to 400% yearly, from 2007 to 2011. This is a clear sign of rapid adoption of the technology and its increasing use. Actually, such an object printing technology is already commonplace for many professionals, including engineers, designers and architects.

Professionals, such as designers and architects, normally utilize the object printing technology in creating product designs, as well as prototypes. Other objects being made using the technology include molds, tools and final products in manufacturing processes.

The democratization of manufacturing is also a significant aspect, facilitated by 3D printing. This can enable entrepreneurs, as well as consumers to create their own personalized printed products. It is a key feature of mass customization, which leads to less-costly and shrinking supply chains. Bio-printing is also likely to feature in future printer developments that would enable medical professionals to save and extend the lives of many patients using printed organs.

The Mckinsey Global Institute report estimates a yearly economic impact (related to 3D printing) valued at $230 billion to $550 billion by the year 2025. In this estimation, the largest source of impact is expected to come from consumer uses, with direct manufacturing taking second place, followed by use of the technology in creating tools and molds.

Wider usage of object printers is likely to further accelerate in the coming decade, based on improvements in performance and speed, as well as falling costs of the gadgets. Currently, industrial printers have an average price of approximately $75,000; whereas personal 3D printers can be bought for less than $1,000. However, with increasing production volumes, such costs would decline rapidly; hence making it much more accessible to even more people.

Advancements in 3D technology could also further diversify the use of such a technology; thus enabling penetration into many more user markets. For instance, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology is undertaking research to achieve fourfold increase in speeds for printing metal objects.

There is currently a rapid acceleration in 3D printing of complex, highly customizable, yet low volume products. Here is a sample of the numerous applications of 3D printers:

(i) 200 different aircraft parts are being printed for Boeings ten aircraft platforms.

(ii) Over one million units of custom printed hearing aid pieces were sold by manufacturers in 2011.

(iii) 3D printing has been used to build 40,000 acetabular hip cups (a term referring to the socket for a hip joint replacement).

(iv) Stereolithorgaphy printers have been extensively utilized by Invisalign, a dental appliance maker, to produce between 50,000 and 60,000 appliances daily.

(v) Numerous 3D printed products, like iPhone cases, are being designed and sold by entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs normally use such services as Sculpteo or Shapeways, which allow client-end design uploads, that are thereafter printed and shipped over by the company.

Many important needs can be fulfilled when you buy 3D printers online India. This is especially so with regards to expectations for personalization, which can deliver such items as better fitting shoes and helmets.

Multi-material 3D printing offers even greater advantages in production and assembly processes. Unlike use of a single material, this advanced form allows production of objects that possess different properties, without having to bring separate components together. This would effectively reduce the number of steps involved in manufacturing each object.

The Object Connex range features a sample of multi-material printers. Such systems utilize 120 different printing materials, based on acrylic-based photopolymer resins, which are jetted in liquid form, deposited as a layer and cured by UV light. Although not actually reproducing different materials with unique properties, the printing materials do produce varying characteristics.

Various types of 3D printing techniques possess particular benefits and shortcomings. You must be well-versed in such differences, so that you can make the most appropriate choice if you intend to buy 3D printers online India. However, all of them follow a similar pattern in the printing process, which involves formation of one layer at a time, with the following layer placed on the previous one.

The selective laser sintering (SLS) technique makes use of a special powder and laser. A powder layer is first placed on the build platform and thereafter, a laser fuses this powder together into a pre-designed shape by drawing a single layer of the object. Once this is done, the platform moves down to allow for depositing of more powder.

An SLS printer has the capacity of producing a range of complex objects, since it doesnt require supporting structures. The most common use of this printer has been creation of prototypes. However, it has had several practical applications in limited-run manufacturing, during recent years. One example of this is the acquisition of an SLS engineering company by General Electric for the purpose of building parts for its short-haul commercial jet engine.

Fused deposition modeling (FDM) printers involve extrusion of wax, plastic, resin or other material through a heated nozzle. Typical of all 3D printers, each layer is placed on the previous one. However, unlike the SLS, a supporting structure may be needed in FDM.

A second nozzle would be used to build any necessary supporting structure, using material that would be discarded later on. Polyvinyl alcohol is one such material, which may be used for the supporting structure. FDM would be used in such applications as low-volume parts manufacturing (includes structural components), as well as single- and multi-part prototyping.

III. Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)

Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) possesses certain key features similar to selective laser sintering. These include use of laser and powder. However, in the case of DMLS, the powder is completely melted metal.

The melted metal powder used is free of binder or fluxing agent, which facilitates building parts that possess all desirable properties of the particular original material. This type of object printer has a wide range of uses, including: medical implants, aerospace parts used in high-heat applications and rapid tooling development.

The stereolithography (SLA) printer utilizes two key components: a UV light source and a fluid known as photopolymer. A pool of the light sensitive resin (photopolymer) is present on the build platform, when a UV light source, such as a laser, is aimed onto its surface. Once a single layer is drawn on this liquid surface, the platform moves down to facilitate deposition of the next layer.

Intricate shapes that possess high-quality finishes can be created using SLA. This includes such items as jewelry. SLA is also useful in rapid prototyping.

V. Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM)

Laminated object manufacturing utilizes sheets of paper, metal or plastic. Such a sheet is fed over the platform and adhered to a previous layer using a heated roller. An outline of each part in every layer is then cut using a laser.

Unlike stereolithography, LOM would only produce less detailed parts. However, such parts would be in full color. This type of printer is also useful in rapid tooling patterns and form/ fit testing.

The process utilized by inkjet printers is quite similar to bio-printing. This typically involves deposition of one dot of ink after another to form shapes. However, bio-printing replaces ink with human cells.

Living cells derived from a patients tissue, as well as scaffolding material (include sugar-based hydrogel) make up the object. Since it contains live cells, the printed object is placed in a chamber containing necessary temperature and oxygen conditions that can facilitate cell growth. Once the cells combine and the scaffolding material is extracted, the bio-printed organ can then be transplanted.

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Price Your Prints with a 3D Printing Price Calculator

Kyle Stevens, of Macy Moo Studios, has developed a 3D Printing Price Calculator plug-in for WordPress that will make it easy for anyone to figure out approximately how much it would cost, in terms of material price, to print a solid 3D object. And you only need two variables: the amount of filament required to print your design and the amount you paid for a 1kg spool of the material.  Then, through the magic of mathematics behind Kyles simple user interface, youll see the estimated material cost to print your item.

To test it out, I loaded a 3D model of my wife, Danielle, into my Repetier-Host software and sliced it to make for a hollowed-out print.  The resulting G code output told me that Id need about 6257 mm of filament to print the object. Then, I entered the price for the 1 kg of LayBrick I just ordered[1]into the Filament Cost box and clicked calculate.  According to Kyles plug-in, it would cost me about $0.99 of filament to print my little lady!

Kyle warns, however, that his calculator is specifically tailored to solid prints made from 1.75 mm ABS filament. In order to better calculate a 10% or 20% infill, I should multiply the final cost by .1 or .2.  For materials like PLA and nylon, he says, the price should still be pretty close.  But what if Im using 3 mm LayBrick andnoinfill?  Well, this is only the first version of the calculator and Kyle hopes to improve it with user responses, saying:

Right now this plugin is only available on my website but thats only temporary as I hope to get a lot more feedback from others, work out any possible kinks in the design and add more features (like other materials). Once Im satisfied with the final product, itll become available on the WordPress plugin directory so anyone with a WordPress blog could download it for free and use it on their website.  I really want this to be available for anyone to use, so creating a user friendly design was keyI wouldnt rule anything out yet as to future versions and implementing it into open source software.

To use the calculator yourself or to watch Kyles tutorial, click here. And, in the case that you understand math better than I do, maybe you can take a look at the formula Kyle used to see if you can give him some tips on how to quickly evolve his user-friendly price calculator:

For 1mm of filament that is 1.75mm in diameter we need the volume of a cylinder.  Which is Pi * radius^2 * height.   The radius is 1.75/2 = 0.875mm

So, the volume of a 1mm length of the filament is 2.405.   Given the volume of the object divide by 2.405 gets you the number of millimeters of filament you need to form the object.

Not to lose you in the rest of this calculation but I then next figured out the density of ABS and the volume of an entire 2.2 pound spool.

The final calculation is (cost = cost of a spool * object volume/volume of a 2.2 lbs spool).

[1]I, actually, only ordered .25 kg, but I multiplied it by 4 for the sake of this calculation, which turned out to be about $152. High price to pay for fake concrete, I guess!

Michael Molitch-Hou previously served as Editor-in-Chief of 3D Printing Industry, he is now the Editor of Engineering . coms 3D printing section. He has covered additive manufacturing technology day in and day out since 2012 and has hundreds of article to his credit. He is the founder of The Reality Institute.

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How To Get Started With 3D Printing

3D printing gear is now more affordable than ever, meaning you can come closer than ever before to the vision of aStar Trek-style replicator in your very own home. How does 3D printing, and how can you use it right now? Heres what you need to know.

Photos byBlackspring(Shutterstock),Keith KisselPhil Whitehouse, andThomas Quine.

3D printers arent out of reach any more. You can buy basic models for home use for between $500 and $2000. If you dont want to own one, you may be able to pay for access to one at your localhackerspace. First, however, lets step back and look at how 3D printing works and what you can use it for today.

Simply,3D printingis a method of creating a solid physical object from a digital 3D model. The reason its called 3D printing is because the assembly process is similar to way you would print ink on paper. Most popular 3D printers are extrusion printers, meaning they spray their material out of manoeuvrable nozzles so that base material — usuallythermoplastic filament– is laid down in layers that eventually create the finished product. 3D printing is an additive process, which means that the object is created by adding layers from the bottom up, with each layer being printed on top of the last one over and over until the job is done.

3D printing has actually been around for a long time in industrial settings. Over time, the hardware has become smaller and cheaper and the software required got easier to use over time. 3D printers, while still relatively expensive, are cheaper than theyve ever been, and work with a variety of 3D modelling programs. (If you want to master 3D object design, we have aLifehacker Night School on 3D modellingthat introduces the basics)

Because of the complex design process involved, 3D printers can seem imposing, but that is changing gradually. For example,the Zeus all-in-one 3D printer and copier, which recently achieved its first funding goal on Kickstarter, aims to make copying physical items and printing them so easy anyone can do it photocopier-style, without having to model the original object first.

Currently, 3D printing has its greatest appeal in the DIY/maker/hackerspace community. For those enthusiasts, its ideal; you can print useful components and even construct entire objects. You can printa custom mount for your webcamreplicate broken appliance partsto extend the lifespan from expensive appliances, or design your owncustom-fit smartphone case.

If you can model it, you can print it. Even if you cant model it, you may be able to find someone elses model online that you can tweak. If you need to copy an item,you can custom-build your own 3D scanner, use it to model what you want to copy, and import it to Blender for printing. strongThingiverseis probably the webs biggest site for 3D printing projects, patterns, and 3D models. If youre looking for something specific, check there first to see if someones already made it, or at least made something close to it.

Companies likeShapewaysandSculpteowill take your model or idea, and then 3D print the final object for you so you dont need to invest in a printer. Both companies offer marketplaces where you can sell those creations to others, and browsing their marketplaces and models that other designers have uploaded can inspire you to make your own things.

Outside individual use, experiments also continue. Doctors and hospitals are already experimenting with 3D printed prosthetics, such asthis exoskeleton that gave a little girl use of her arms again. If any part of her exoskeleton breaks, or she grows out of it, it can be cheaply reprinted or refitted to her. NASA is experimenting with3D food printers for space travel, and justhas issued a grant for a 3D pizza printer. Finally, who hasnt heardof the Liberator, the first 3D-printed gun, which is now on display at Londons V&A Museum.

Want to test out 3D printing? Most simply, you canhead to your local hackerspace and become a member. Wevemapped outall the currently active Australian hackerspaces, so thats a logical place to start. Youll generally have to pay for the thermoplastic printing materials (as well as the hackerspace membership fee). If you dont have a hackerspace near you, check with local TAFE institutes and universities — there may be one accessible at a campus near you.

If that isnt an option, you can turn to a professional 3D printing company. We mentionedShapewaysandSculpteoabove; both companies can take your ideas and bring them to life. Its a little hands-off compared to visiting a hackerspace and actually using a printer yourself, or buying one of your own, but it saves on the hardware investment and may give you access to additional options.

If youre really serious about 3D printing, your best bet is to buy your own. Here are a few options to consider. Hunt around online to see if you can score a discount on shipping, but be prepared to pay a bit more to have a device shipped to Australia:

was amassive Kickstarter success, and pre-orders will re-open in December from around $US350. The projects goal was to create the easiest-to-use, most-affordable and functional 3D printer on the market; if it lives up to the hype, it should a good choice.

is a series of 3D printers that are highly capableand aimed at hobbyists. You can eitherbuy fully assembled Printrbots($US399-$US699), or buya Printrbot kit you can put together yourself($US259-$US299).

is a series of 3D printers capable of replicating lots of things, including its own parts. RepRap is a community-run project, and dozens of RepRap printers exist. Theyre relatively low-cost, andavailable in multiple modelsfrom about $US700-$US1100. If youre interested in a RepRap but want the safety net of a company to work with or support it, check out theLulzbot.

is one of the first consumer-friendly printers, and even comes in different colours to match your decor. The Cube works right out of the box, is easy to set up, prints over Wi-Fi, and comes with free models for test printing. Youll pay for all those features though, a Cube will set you back $US1300.

3D printer series is similar to the Cube. The Up! Mini will set you back $US1000, while the Up Plus and the Up Plus 2 will cost you $US1600 and $US1800 respectively.

is the 3D printer that defined the genre for consumers. It can print high-resolution, smooth objects quickly in multiple colours, and its capable of producing interconnected components and moving objects. It will set you back around $US2200.

is from the same people who make the Cube, but is capable of printing larger, high-resolution, professional parts. It can print multiple items on one array, print in multiple colours, and even print with multiple types of plastics at the same time. The CubeX starts at $US2500.

These are just a few 3D printer models out there, and not even remotely an exhaustive list.Engadget has an amazing guide to 3D printersthat includes models large and small, personal to professional.This comparison chart from lists prices, models, manufacturers, lead times, tabletop footprints, and more for dozens of commercially available (or crowdfunded) 3D printers.

For more background, check outthis Instructables guide to 3D printing, which gets deeper into the nitty gritty of materials, plastics, designs, and examples of 3D printed objects. Consider joining theMakers, Hackers, Artists & Engineerscommunity at Google+ (moderated by our friends atAdafruit Industries) to get inspired and meet other people doing real things with 3D printers.

3D printing is still largely a hobby for hackers and makers right now — it will be a while before most people have a 3D printer in their homes. Still, that doesnt mean that you cant dive in now if you have a passion for the technology. Get printing!

3D printers are pretty awesome. If you are buying one, make sure you see an object that was printed with it, so you can get an idea of quality.

Ive got the UP! If you search for one locally down here in Melbourne you find a half dozen numbers and I think they are all affiliates as every one had none in stock but could get one delivered to me in two or three days. After several of these conversations I finally found a crew in Footscray that actually keep stock. $1400 later (including 3Kg ABS to start with)…

Had it for about a month now and it feels like when I first brought home a dot matrix printer.

I can MAKE stuff? At home? Just with that box?!? AWESOME!

My little girl has a collection of pigs, finally got a plug for the kitchen sink that fits perfectly, have a T-800 head on my desk, printed various mounts and boxes for different projects, Im working on a working puzzle box…you get the idea.

This seems like a great way to replace all those cheap, plastic parts that break easily in home electronics and many other things too, for instance, the controller for the rpm on our lawnmower snapped a plastic bolt that held the cable in place.. the rest of it is intact, can I send you a scan? haha

I have never read one comment that made me understand how useful one of these printers would be … I always thought I would get one and it would either gather dust or I would end up sending my mates inappropriate statues to their work…

I was looking for a couple of printers for my business and .au guys were extremely helpful. They even price matched one I found slightly cheaper elsewhere.

Have you been seen the in Collingwood. These guys have heaps of printers and print samples on display. Super knowledgeable and helpful. I bought an Up Box from them after their recommendation, and could be happier.

I meant to say, I couldnt be happier. 🙂 The up box is awesome. Thank you 3D Printer Superstore!

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