The 3D printing methodology belongs to the group of additive production measures. With low effort 3D printing allows to convert computer aided design data (CAD-files) into final products. All what’s necessary is an appropriate 3D printer. In this context it could be considered advantageous that the unit costs in 3D printing are almost independent of the output figures. Thus, unique items as well as individualised objects may be produced at an excellent price. However, the low unit prices of factory-made bulk commodity cannot be offered.
According to the definition of Goldmann Sachs 3D printing belongs to the eight “Creative Destroyers”. The technology named forces producers active in this highly disruptive market to implement changes if they aim for success.
There are several techniques for 3D printing. The following table provides an overview. We choose the most suitable method, depending on the requirements of our products.
|Material Extrusion||VAT Polymerization||Power Bed Fusion||Material Jetting||Binder Jetting||Powder Bed Fusion|
A full overview on all technologies and materials can be found on Dampf-druck.de.