The Principles of 3D Printing


Just like what we called “Life,” all aspects of humanity has its own sets of principles for our own adaptation. To adapt in a fast moving economy and high end technology, people are creating ways of surviving to it. Among these is the 3D printing technology.

What then is 3D Printing?

Additive manufacturing or what is popularly known as 3D printing technology is a process of creating and manufacturing a 3 dimensional object using a highly developed machine called 3D printer. The 3D printer is a kind of industrial robot.

The downstream innovation of 3D printing is gaining much popularity from what the people behind it have expected. Although this happens, majority of the population aren’t aware of what 3D printing really is and how it works. It is hard to imagine how a machine could create an exact replica of its model with just minimal human intervention. In a vast world of different people of different industries, it is wise to adapt to new changes in the environment where coping is an advantage of surviving.

To help us understand more about 3D printing technology, Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman wrote a book entitled Fabricated. This book aims to help readers better understand 3D printing technology. This book also enumerates the 10 principles of 3D printing and they were as follows:

  1. Manufacturing complexity is free
  2. Variety is free
  3. No assembly required
  4. Zero lead time
  5. Unlimited design space
  6. Zero skill manufacturing
  7. Compact, portable manufacturing
  8. Less waste by-product
  9. Infinite shades of material
  10. Precise physical completion

These sets of principles by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman hold true today. These principles can serve as the bridge of ancient and future generation where one time lapses another time. Because of the diverse industries, backgrounds and expertise level, knowing the principles behind every human creation can help us more understand human creativity and innovation.