Myths about 3D Printing

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3D-Printing has revolutionized the manufacturing industry…

…but despite its progress, some myths remain that create confusion. Here on TOP3D we want clarify and dispel these misconceptions. Lfor us to explore the truth behind 3D printing and how we can makea technology accessible to everyone, regardless of technical experience or prior knowledge. It's time to redefine our approach to 3D printing and embrace a new era of efficient and versatile manufacturing. 

  1. Myth: 3D printing is only for prototypes and "models"

Many still believe that 3D printing is only suitable for prototypes and models. But fthe fact is that 3D printing is an effective method for serial production and creation of end products. Technologythe rna and the materials has developed significantly and can now meet the requirements on many end products and the truth is that mass production of end products accounts for the majority of what we manufacture. 

  1. Myth: 3d printing is only for plastic parts

A common misconception is that 3D printing is only used for manufacturing in fragile plastic. The is important to understand that there are many different materials available for 3D printing, including various metal alloys such as stainless steel and aluminum but also different types of composites. TOP3D offers a wide range of material choices to meet different needs and requirements and Here you can read more around which material we offer. 

  1. Myth: 3D printed metal is not durable and becomes porous

There is a misconception that 3D printed metal is not strong and becomes porous. Done claim is far from the reality then 3d-printed metal details have an enormous strength and are definitely comparable to details as is made with traditenonel manufacturing methods. For example, 3d printed alloys in the vast majority of cases have lower porosity than casting, aluminum has a higher E-modulus and steel is almost as strong as forged steel. 

  1. Myth: 3D printing is expensive

Many believe that 3D printing is costly which i in reality often it is opposite. With 3d printing needs no tools or fixtures and you don't need to order a specific quantity, which reduces costs. Traditional manufacturing methods often require large volumes to be profitable, which is not the case with 3D printing. Here you can get prototypes in single units and easily scale up in slightly larger volumes with the advantage of being able to continuously improve and update the geometry that is manufactured at no cost. Very simple geometries, for example a pipe or a straight block, is often cheaper to cut out with traditional means but the detail contains some features, then 3d printing definitely a technique that often becomes cheaper.    

  1. Myth: The details become rough surface, ugly and have bad measurement accuracy.

A common misconception is that 3D printing always resulting in rough details with poor dimensional accuracy and ugly surfaces. With today's technology, we can manufacture many different types of surfaces with different amounts wealth of detail. If we also add different types of finishing can holes and surfaces tolerances are processed with CNC or polished to desired Right-value. 

  1. Myth: You must be knowledgeable and technical to place an order.

To order 3D printing doesn't have to be complicated and that is exactly what we want to help with. Here at TOP3D have we an ordersystem which is a lot user friendlyt and is easy to do orderingare in and one guide is available to help users through the process. We recommendr to read about different materials and processes in order to choose the one that best suits the purpose. If you have any questions, we are always available in the chat, via email or phone. 

By punch a hole these myths, TOP3D strives to increase understanding of the many benefits of 3D printing and make the technology more accessible to a wider audience. 

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A CAD program, which stands for "Computer-Aided Design," is an important component when it comes to ordering 3D prints for industrial purposes. CAD programs are specialized software used to create detailed and accurate digital models of objects, components or prototypes. These digital models serve as basic blueprints or designs needed to produce physical objects using 3D printing technology.

.STL (stereolithography) is a file format used to represent 3D geometry, especially surfaces made up of triangles. It is a common format in 3D printing and is used to describe models to be printed in 3D printers.

.STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product Data) is a standard for exchanging 3D models and product data between different CAD (Computer-Aided Design) programs. It is a common format in industry and is used to transfer detailed 3D models of components and products.