I’m ｂａｍｂｏｏｚｌｅｄ that no one else has taken the time to make a thread about 3D printing.
So here it is.
Additive Manufacturing= A process by which digital 3D design data is used to build up a component in layers by depositing material.
FDM= Fused Deposition Modeling, the most prevalent type in the consumer market, lays down molten plastic in a 2D pattern again and again and again and again and again and agaaaaaaaaaaaaain, until you get your desired 3D thing.
SLA= Stereo Lithography (add apparatus for the a). A platform sits in a vat of some sort of resin, gets exposed to light either with a projector or a laser, resin cures for that layer, platform lifts up one layer. Pretty much makes your part upside down. capable of extremely fine details
SLS= Selective Laser Sintering is a sort of hybrid where a FDM style nozzle lays down METAL OR CERAMIC
dust, and zaps it with a super powerful laser to melt the dust, sintering it into a thing, builds layer by layer just like everything else.
#n00b answers for n00b questions (not serious, maybe?):
What is a FDM printer?
A really, really smart hot glue gun.
What is a SLA printer?
A laser projecter so powerful they had to protect the world from it by covering it in goo.
What is a SLS printer?
FREAKIN’ METAL MELTING LAAAAASER BEAMS PRINTER
Also Barnacules Nerdgasm once in a while but he isnt a dedicated printing channel
Level1Techs maybe soon eventually?!? that’d be great
You got a recommendation for people with absolutely no experience?
You got a recommendation for POOR people with absolutely no experience?
You got a recommendation for someone with a reasonable amount of technical knowhow and looking for top end quality without destroying my wallet completely ?
Cool, now what if I want that but I’m poor people?
(watch all 6)
###I need to print something about the size of a cube made of E-ATX motherboards because reasons…
I’m a millionaire that doesn’t already have people to tell me what to do and I only want the ultimate turn key option.
I want the high end of consumer SLA
Any other SLA’s?
What about these super cheap kits I see on Ebay, like the Anet A8?
I dont have any experience with them, I’ve heard good things. Use your Googlefu.
##I’m an engineer at an industrial CNC shop looking to take my manufacturing to the next level but for some reason i’m looking at a tech forum and not an actual CNC forum or a sales catalog and my boss is pressing me for recommendations.
Got a question I didnt cover? ask
Got a problem? ask, but know I may not have a proper answer without some mild googlefu
Got a print to show off? do so here