What is 3D printing ?

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is a method of manufacturing 3D solid objects from a digital file such as a CAD program or supporting file type such as a STL file.

The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by successive layers of material are laid down until the object is complete. Each of these layers are as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the object.

3D printing enables you to produce complex (functional) shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods. The general material types for this process are plastics such as ABS, PLA, and some flexable filaments. However at ARC 3D we use PLA as it suits our design needs best.