Technical Report CSI-0030

A Practical Review of 3D Printers and Digital Manufacturing Technologies

K. A. Hawick and L. A. D. Stockwell and L. R. F. Odiam

Archived: 2015

Abstract

3D-printing has become a widely accepted and used technique for prototyping relatively small components designed or generated as digital artifacts. As well as describing our experiments with additive manufacture using plastc, resin and sand printers, we review some of the main current and emerging digital manufacturing technologies and recount our experiences in establishing a digital fabrication facility using these techniques. We identify a number of software and design challenges for practical production of designed and generated models. We speculate on directions for this technology and the industry and in particular upon capabilities for large scale industrial manufacture of components in factory and in external settings.

Keywords: 3D printers; digital fabrication; prototyping; additive manufacturing; stereolithography; fused filament fabrication; resin; powder bed

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@TechReport{CSI-0030,
        Title = {A Practical Review of 3D Printers and Digital Manufacturing Technologies},
        Author = {K. A. Hawick and L. A. D. Stockwell and L. R. F. Odiam},
        Institution = {Computer Science, University of Hull},
        Year = {2015},
        Address = {Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX, UK},
        Month = {November},
        Number = {CSI-0030},
        Type = {CSI},
        Keywords = {3D printers; digital fabrication; prototyping; additive manufacturing; stereolithography; fused filament fabrication; resin; powder bed},
        Owner = {kahawick},
        Timestamp = {2015.11.28}
}