What is 3D printing?
3D printing starts with a virtual image or a 3D CAD file of an object. The 3D printer creates the product by laying down thin successive layers of material until the object is created.
3D printing can be used for rapid prototyping and reverse engineering. The process can save time and money when developing new products by creating a prototype of a new design without the need of moulds, patterns or fabrication. Modifications and design changes can be done quickly and another 3D print created for final design approval. In many cases the 3D printed part can be tried and tested in the field before tooling has commenced. By making changes at this pre-production stage will save in the long run.
A virtual 3D model or CAD model is required to be able to 3D print. Rocwood Designs can assist you with the design and 3D print, or just the CAD model if you prefer to use your own printer.
A virtual model can also be created by 3D scanning an existing object, and then printing a replica of the scanned object