Printing in 3D, is a process of creating physical objects from a 3D digital design. The filaments of over hundred different materials like concrete, metals plastics etc. are melted through various technologies, and layered on top of each other to form the desired shape.
3D printers have a huge potential within a wide variety of industries like food, fashion, aerospace, manufacturing, art, where it is used for creating prints for prototypes, models, body parts or even customised products.
Though they have been in the market since late 80s, there has been a considerable rise in the demand for 3D printers, and in fact has already predicted a 300% growth by the end of 2020, majorly due to its affordability.
There are several brands that offer 3D Printers, and each one differs in some feature or the other like – the size or weight of the printer, the materials or printing technology they use, number of extruders or colors they support, the resolution they provide or their pricing. It’s always better to research before selecting the one that best suits your need.
Following infographic acts as a brief guide to the 3D printers –