Additive manufacturing process is popularly known as 3D printing. Additive manufacturing is a method of manufacturing physical parts in a successive addition process of adding material layer by layer but only one layer at a time on top of each other layer to build a physical part from a digital 3D CAD file. The additive manufacturing principal is totally opposite to the traditional subtractive manufacturing using lathes, CNC’s, mills, etc.
Additive manufacturing has several different methods/processes of producing a prototype. Although each method/process has its own advantages but the principle of additive manufacturing or the popularly known name 3D printing remains the same.
The Idea of building a physical part by adding material rather than cutting away material applies no matter whichever additive manufacturing process you choose to use.
First of all you will need an .STL file to upload. This file is generated by exporting or by saving you digital 3D CAD model in STL format. This file is a digital file of your 3D CAD model that you want to get 3d printed as a physical 3D object/part. Don’t worry isn’t as scary as it sounds.
These are several other ways to get 3d models
- 3D scans your object: 3d scanning is not an easy process and generally requires a professional with 3d scanning equipment.
- CAD software: Computer Aided Design (CAD) has come a long way and has developed drastically which made it very much easy for you to 3D model/design your parts yourself.
- Download free designs: you can download free designs online IPRO3D marketplace offers free and paid designs for 3d printing and get it 3D printed from IPRO3D.
- Hire an expert designer: If you don’t know 3d CAD designing/modeling or require your design to be taken to next level, you can choose one of our Indian IPRO3D member expert designer to 3D CAD design/model your idea and make it ready for 3D printing.