3D printing

Michael Castillo

Digital Media


    Overtime printing has been simplified, amplified, beautified and manipulated to fit any desire. From woodblock printing, lithography, offset printing, screen printing, phototypesetting, to 3D printing the style of what’s being printed is up to the person printing it themselves. Like other printing processors, 3d printing was created to produce prints faster and cheaper! One of the latest forms of printing, better known as 3D printing allows three-dimensionality. This innovative way of printing, started in the 80s, allows one to create dimensional objects by adding layer on top of layer. In other words,  3D printing works by building an object layer-by-layer and only adding the necessary material to create the object. These materials can range from resin or even metal to create 3D objects. To get more in depth, the basics of how 3d printing is achieved is by first starting off by creating some sort of blueprint on a computer software. Afterwards, using a process called “slicing” the model is divided up into layers (preferably horizontal layers). From there when everything is sliced, these layers are set to the designated printer. It is then formed by adding these layers on top of each other until an altogether look is formed. To achieve the look, melted plastic is deposited onto the printers platform.