3D printing has multiple purpose the most popular of which is prototyping. However, production is also becoming more and more commonplace, which brings together the need to dive into the area of industrial 3D printing.
It is widely assumed that industrial 3D printers are old, take too much space, expensive and not very fast. All this is a misbelief. Industrial 3D printers today are Professional machines in terms of throughput, build volume, repeatability and precision. Now, let’s see some of the industrial 3D printing technologies there are so that you can decide which one fits the needs of your business.
First of all, it must be known that by 3D printing, we mean highly reliable and consistent 3D printers with high resolution, can print engineering-grade materials, fast, compatible with many materials and software, have large build volume, need rare maintenance and are equipped with safety features. Industrial 3D printing includes Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and Vat Photopolymerization or resin 3D printing along with other advanced technologies.

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)

Also known as Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), it is a 3D printing extrusion process which melts thermoplastic filaments and prints it layer by layer on the print bed. They can print with engineering-grade thermoplastics, have low cost of technology acquisition, simple to understand, run and operate.

Vat Photopolymerization / Resin 3D Printers

It includes resin 3D printing processes such as Stereolithography (SLA), Digital Light Processing (DLP) and Masked Stereolithography (mSLA). These technologies make use of liquid thermosetting resin, meaning they cure or harden when they are exposed to laser or UV light source. This process must be repeated until the object is printed. Via this process, you can get high resolution and accuracy, achieve tight tolerances fast.

Selective Laset Sintering (SLS)

SLS 3D printers are widely used in a variety of industries and they are also used in many different applications. They are ideal for low volume manufacturing and they offer reliable part quality. In SLS, polymer materials are in powdered form. Then, the powder particles are sintered and fused by CO2 laser and form a bond. Then, the laser goes on tracing all individual points layer by layer until the whole object is printed.

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