3D Making Introduction
There are several steps to taking a idea and creating a object. Each step has several methods.
These are some examples workflows:
Download thing -> CAM -> "Print" -> "thing" post work
"idea" -> CAD - > CAM - > "Print" -> Casting -> "thing" post work
Scan -> CAM -> "Print" -> "thing" post work
Line Art -> 2.5D software -> CAM -> Mill --> "thing" post work
"idea" -> CAD -> Printing service
Scan: A process that uses lasers, photographs and software to collect 3D information about existing objects. Like the sense,
CAD: computer aided design software
CAM: This a general classification of software used to turn a STL 3D object file into information the mill or printer can understand
Post work: Removal of printing artifacts such as defects, support material, refining surface finish, surface sealing, painting, etc.
Casting: This is the process of using materials that change from liquid to solid to replicate the surface of another object - plaster, smooth-on, oogoo, hotmelt, aluminium, resin, glass.
Nearly all methods require some CAM (slicer, gcode generation, etc.). The CAM software depends on the "print" machine.
Some of the processes can be skipped depending on the desired end result.
3D printing directly to ABS or PLA plastic is often the end of the process. However, artifacts and support removal and surface refining is covered here.
Lost foam casting and Lost PLA casting are useful for Aluminium, brass, and bronze casting. - High Temperature Casting
Plaster, Ceramic slip and Ceramic Drap molds are useful for glass molds and ceramics.
Classes presently cover these printers:
These will be online soon
All other process / printers are accessed with the help of an RM