Most Searched Questions

Now more than ever, manufacturers are looking for the most cost and time-effective methods of producing products, with many companies now including 3d printing at some stage of their process.

There has been a significant rise in the technique being used as a result and with more and more people entering the industry, people want to know what is what. That’s why we have compiled a list of the most searched 3d printing questions right now using Google Search data – and the results make for an interesting read.

How does 3d printing work?

Simply put, 3d printing is the manufacturing of a solid 3-dimensional object made from a 3d digital model. Sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing, the 3d printing process involves the successive layering of material until the desired object has been created building it up layer-by-layer.

Who invented 3d printing?

Colorado-born Charles W. Hull created the first 3d printer in the mid-1980s. Hull is the Co-Founder, CTO and Executive Vice President of 3D Systems, a company that manufactures and sells 3d printers and printing services.

Where is 3d printing used?

Over recent years, 3d printing has become much more versatile and cost-effective, and because of this, is being used in a variety of industries and for many different reasons. We’re seeing 3d printing being adopted in industries like construction, medical, and prototyping to name a few – and for such a variety of uses too: houses, prosthetics, products and so much more!

Which 3d printing material is the strongest?

The strength of the materials can vary. Some materials are more structurally strong, whether others are more impact resistant. However, many manufacturers will argue that polycarbonate (PC) is the strongest, followed by the likes of Nylon and composite filaments.

Can 3d printing be used for mass production?

Many companies use 3d printing technologies for prototyping products, and some do use them for production too. However, injection moulding tends to be cheaper and quicker when producing parts at scale is not usually the preferred method.

Will 3d printing change the world?

Well, it might sound dramatic, but we think yes. It is already making real-world changes in the medical industry and it is advancing every day. We’ve seen the positive impact that it can have on the medical world ourselves too after we used 3d printing to create a prosthetic arm for a young girl and PPE at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

What 3d printing software shall I use?

There is lots of different CAD software available, including Fusion 360, Tinkercad, Solid Edge, Blender, and FreeCAD to name but a few. Here at 3D Folkes, we use SOLIDWORKS, which is one of the industry standards, but CAD packages of this size can run into the thousands of pounds per license. Our Founder Ben said, “If you’re just starting in CAD, I’d highly recommend getting used to something like Tinkercad as it’s a slimmed-down CAD suite, easy to use and it’s completely free. Fusion360 can be an affordable option once you’ve learnt the basics though as it’s got a great set of tools.

Why is 3d printing the future?

It might surprise people to hear that 3D printing was invented in the 1980s but the rapid growth in 3D printing has only happened in the past decade as its potential was much more widely seen. Not only will it get faster and faster (speed being one of the major drawbacks to this technology) but the materials will only keep on improving and one day, there’s no reason why 3D printing can’t allow companies to do their mass production and localise their supply chains. We might not all need our own 3D printer in the future as people have suggested in the past but I do not doubt that 3D printed components will start to be in everyone’s homes before long.