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Posted 10/11/14 , edited 10/11/14

onibrotonel wrote:

Do they have to scan an original in 3d to produce a product in 3d?

Can the machine do a mathematical assumptions?


This video is a few years old, but it shows how the 3D printer works. I'm sure the technology is about the same, its just smaller now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aghzpO_UZE

You do start by scanning the item you want to replicate into a computer.
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Kagato666 wrote:


onibrotonel wrote:

Do they have to scan an original in 3d to produce a product in 3d?

Can the machine do a mathematical assumptions?


You create the model in a 3D CAD/CAM software like Solidworks, CREO, etc... A FDM machine like this then builds up the product layer by layer based off that STL file, sorta like if you were to build an object entirely out of soldering wire. There are 3D scanners for capturing the geometry of a physical object in a point cloud, which can then be converted into an STL file for use in a 3D CAD program.

The machines themselves are essentially "dumb" aside from interpreting the STL data. The software is what does the actual mathematical thinking.

I had to read your post twice to understand it. Haha haha

Thanks for the info.
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