Over the last few years, emerging technologies in 3D printing have been taking the world by storm. No longer used just for prototyping, 3D printers are now capable of printing innovative products made out of a wide range of plastic and metals. However 3D printing isn’t exactly cheap or quick, so it is one of those things you want to get right first time and that is where 3D CAD design comes in.

What is 3D CAD design?

CAD also known as computer aided design is the use of computer software for design and also is widely used in design documentation. Whereas in the past people would make sketched drawings using a pencil and paper, today they can simply use CAD to automate the process.

3D CAD design software is used across various different industries including architecture, structural engineering and construction. It helps individuals to explore visual concepts and design ideas by creating a version of it on screen and allowing them to test its abilities. Many 3D CAD design software tools allow users to utilise a variety of light sources, rotate objects and render designs from any angle to create an accurate 3D model.

How is CAD design used in 3D printing?

3D CAD software is used to provide the 3D printer with an STL file to use. This file tells the 3D printer what it needs to print. First the 3D CAD designer will create a 3D solid model using the software. This 3D model will be drawn to scale, with detailed information to allow for greater accuracy. The designer will then export it to an STL file, which 3D printers are able to read.

This digital file slices up the final model into hundreds and thousands of horizontal layers, so that when the printer reads the file, it can create each part of the product layer by layer. The 3D printer will read every single ‘slice’ and proceed to create the object by fusing each layer together (without any visible signs). Once it’s complete, you end up with your 3D product.

3D CAD designers can help you to make one of a kind objects, as well as 3D printed prototypes to use for testing and evaluation.

Benefits of using 3D CAD Design services for 3D Printing

No matter what you are manufacturing, if you are planning on using 3D printing to create it, you will greatly benefit from using 3D CAD design services. Below we’ve highlighted some of the key advantages of working with an experienced 3D CAD design team.

Avoid costly mistakes

One of the main benefits of using a 3D CAD design service is that you will get the chance to test the tolerance of the product you are looking to make and the quality of its design before you print it. This means that you will be able to identify design flaws and change them before it’s too late. Using 3D CAD design software will therefore help you to avoid making mistakes that cost you both time and money.

The less wastage during the design and production process, the higher return on investment you will be able to achieve. With the help of a 3D CAD design team, you stand a much greater chance of getting it right first time.

Improve efficiency and productivity

By working with an experienced 3D CAD design team, you can also improve the efficiency of your operations and achieve higher levels of productivity. Since the 3D CAD designers are experts at what they do, they’ll be able to carry out the process much quicker and help you turn your initial ideas into a reality.

Our skilled CAD Engineers have extensive experience in 3D CAD and 3D printing, they embrace emerging techniques and technologies and will be able to bring your project to life. Contact us today for a quote or conversation about your project.