Laney Community College, USA
Posters-Accepted Abstracts: J Aeronaut Aerospace Eng
3D printing (or Additive Manufacturing, AM) is any of the various processes used to make a three-dimensional object. In 3D printing, additive processes are used, in which successive layers of material are laid down under computer control. These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry, and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source. A 3D printer is a type of industrial robot. 3D printable models may be created with a Computer Aided Design (CAD) package or via a 3D scanner or via a plain digital camera and photogrammetry software. Regardless of the 3D modeling software used, the 3D model then needs to be converted into an â�?�?.stlâ�?�? format, to allow the printing software to be able to read it. Up to 80% of the files sent to 3D prints result in poor or defective objects. This is a waste of time, material, and money. This presentation ennumerates and summarizes the best practices in the industry to ensure a good outcome for at least 90% of the time. You will see examples of 3D prints gone wrong. Tips on how to correct the CAD model and troubleshoot the model for a better â�?�?.stlâ�?�? export will be presented as well as methods used to create a visually appealing prototype will be discussed.