How 3D Printing Works
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3D Printing is a manufacturing process that creates a physical object from a digital design.
Various technologies and materials can be used, but the general concept remains the same: a digital model is turned into a three-dimensional object by precisely layering thin coats of material on top of each other.
Particularly useful for replicating sculptures, products, buildings or to create completely new visuals, the technique was quickly adopted by bankers to celebrate transactions that require a high end deal toy.
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A Bit of History
Although 3D printing is commonly thought of as a new concept, it has been around for more than 30 years. Invented in 1980, 3D printing was mostly limited to industrial uses due to its prohibitive costs.
After patents expired, the technique became much more accessible and new manufacturers started selling printers for various applications including fashion, biotech and of course, deal gifts!
As manufacturing patents continue to expire, more innovations can be expected in the years to come.
Altrum uses Photopolymer resin (a type of highly resistant plastic) which is best for detail accuracy even at a very small scale.
A 3D print can be as tall as 6.9” and as small as 0.1”. Anything larger must be printed in parts.
It all depends on the size of the item! It can take a few minutes, or a few days. As a point of reference, the Altrum Cup golden award takes a total of 59 hours just to print!
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