How does it work?
An object is created using CAD-software (computed aided design software). The object is filed in a specific format, mostly STL or OBJ.
Printer-specific software is used to analyse the design file, set scale and arrange material specific settings. The most important step is to check the slicing, which determines the way the object is being printed.
The instructions from slicing are passed to the printer either directly from a connected computer or by USB sticks or SD cards. A few settings on the printer have to be specified, the print head needs to be heated, filament inserted and printing can be started. Depending on the size and complexity of the objects, minutes to hours are needed for the printing process.
Support beams have to be eliminated. Depending on the use of the object, some fine tuning is necessary, e.g. rasping the model, colouring, applying lacquer, putting objects together, etc.
There are more than 20 different methods of additive manufacturing, but this 4 step process is the same for most of them. Below are a few infographics for further reading.
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