The Evolution Of 3D Printing Is Tasty!

There’s been an evolution in 3D printing recently, and it’s quite an interesting (and tasty!) one.

3D printing found its roots in plastics and metals, and has become an innovative way for manufacturers to create parts in a cost effective, timely manner. It also allows large components to be created entirely as one piece, rather than fitting hundreds of independent pieces together, which created a more sturdy and reliable piece of equipment.

In order to create a 3D printed piece, the objects is first created digitally using a CAD (computer aided design) program, which is then fed into the printer. Depending on the type of project, the object can be printed using a desktop 3D printer, or one that is freestanding and capable of printing large, complex pieces.

Canadian based company Structur3d Printing has found another material that can be used for 3D printing… cake icing. They’ve also created a way for other (and more practical) materials, such as silicone, wood filler, and polyurethane, to be printed.

The logistics of creating an icing 3D object would still be the same – creating the object in a CAD program which would then feed to the printer. The printing process itself would also remain in the same – however, the company has created an extruder that is a plug and play device compatible with most desktop 3D printers on the market. These new extruders would allow bakers to create intricate designs on cakes without having to freehand the entire thing and hope it comes out perfectly, or – more practically – a machinist or tradesman could create pieces – such as a polyurethane gasket – on the spot, made to the exact dimensions needed.

If you’re interested in 3D printing and translating it into a career, and are an unemployed Rhode Island resident, then the SAMI program may be for you. While the SAMI program does not currently house a 3D printing program, we plan to roll one out within the next year or so. The Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute at New England Institute of Technology works diligently with unemployed Rhode Islanders to provide them with the skills and training necessary to secure positions in the shipbuilding and manufacturing industries. For more information, call us at (401) 739-5000 x3700, or fill out our inquiry form.

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