3D printing (three-dimensional printing) is an innovative production technology that allows you to create three-dimensional objects that reproduce digital models. 3D printing is performed using filament (a plastic cord) in a special 3D printer.

The printer applies layers incrementally according to an uploaded digital design. To print in 3D technology, you need a digital 3D model of the object you want to create. You can design it in 3D modelling software (e.g., CAD – computer-aided design) or using a 3D scanner that scans the object you want to print. The digital file precisely instructs the printer on how to create a particular 3D object. This is done by dividing the object into layers and defining the dimensions of each layer. Spatial 3D printing as a modern technology finds its application in many fields.

Various industries have implemented 3D printing techniques because they significantly increase production efficiency and decrease costs. 3D printing in mass production is a cheaper alternative to any other manufacturing process. It is also the fastest option for building prototypes.

What can you create using 3D printing?

  • Prototypes. 3D printing enables fast prototyping. This enables engineers and designers to visualise their ideas in a relatively short time and receive immediate feedback from the production departments.
  • Mass production – many industries such as the automotive, aerospace, energy and toolmaking use 3D printing on a daily basis. 3D printing is used in factories to print finished parts and components on a mass scale.
  • Custom models for individual needs. With 3D printing, you can create almost any product. An unusual shape of screw, a missing computer part or maybe a prosthetic arm? Everything is possible with 3D printing.