Our April meeting will be held at Eddie Merlot’s – 10808 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242
5-6 pm Social Hour
6-7 pm Dinner
7-8 pm Speaker
Topic: 3D Printing
Speaker: Terry Cambron
3D printers are a new generation of machines that can make everyday things. They’re remarkable because they can produce different kinds of objects, in different materials, all from the same machine. A 3D printer can make pretty much anything from ceramic cups to plastic toys, metal machine parts, stoneware vases, fancy chocolate cakes or even (one day soon) human body parts. They replace traditional factory production lines with a single machine by use of producing parts via ink, plastics by fused deposition modeling or by the process of sintering metals to make real-world parts.
3D printing is a type of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is made by laying down successive layers of material which forms the final object. 3D printers offer product designers the ability to print parts and components that are made from different materials which have various mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. The more advanced 3D printing technologies currently yield models that closely emulate the appearance and functionality of the final product. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes.
According to Wohlers Associates, a consultancy, the market for 3D printers and services was worth $2.2 billion worldwide in 2012, up 29% from 2011.
The 3D printing technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in architecture, construction (AEC), industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering, civil engineering, dental and medical industries, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewelry, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food, and many other fields. It has been speculated that 3D printing may become a mass market item because open source 3D printing can easily offset their capital costs by enabling consumers to avoid costs associated with purchasing common household objects.
Why is it called printing?
We will explore, discuss and show why 3D printing has contributed greatly to commercial applications, education and use-case products.