3D printers have been around since the 1980’s, but only recently has the global production world taken notice. In 2015, China managed to 3D print a home, making the world observe the numerous possibilities for 3D printing in the construction world. On today’s All About Real Estate show, Ron Robinson, CEO of 3D Printer Technology joins us to help listeners learn the inside details of 3D printing and how it is benefiting all industries, including the commercial and home building industries.
3D printing is a production technique for creating solid objects from a digital file that is uploaded to a 3D printer. The printer reads the special file and lays down successive layers of materials, such as plastics, resins, concrete, sand or metals until the entire object is created.
Ron Robinson started IT Data Storage outside Atlanta 15 years ago and 2 years ago opened 3D CAD Printer Inc., a company that resells and rents desktop 3D printers and scanners. To date, the company has helped several big-name companies design and create prototype models on demand and bring ideas and products to market faster than ever before. “We combine 3D technologies with computer technology that will enable companies to create whatever they can imagine,” stated Robinson. “Currently, we have three special projects for Delta creating necessary tools for planes.”
In the past, 3D printing was conducted with plastics. New technology has made it possible to print in many types of metal alloys and thermoplastic polymers such as aluminum, cobalt chrome and conductive plastic titanium that looks heavy but is actually very light. In previous projects, 3D Printer Technology has worked on NASA projects, as well as various medical designs and even a 3D gun project which can be found on YouTube as the US Army Rambo Weapon.
When it comes to home building and construction, 3D printing is making waves. In 2014, architects at Populous came to 3D Printer Technology to make a prototype of their design idea for the new Atlanta Braves stadium. “They needed to do a presentation to win the big, so we printed the architectural model for them and they won the bid,” said Robinson. 3D printing for real estate and construction offer a wide variety of benefits. Not only does it reduce material usage and cut production time and labor costs, but it also helps in instances of a disaster. As Robinson explained, this process can print temporary housing for millions of people affected by natural disasters.
Other customers including, Lockheed Martin, Taco Mac, Robins Air Force Base, Randstad and IA Interior Architects have also bought 3D prints and services from 3D Printer Technology. To learn more about the amazing 3D products printed and what is in store for the future, tune into today’s podcast with the link above. To explore the art of 3D printing and to watch a variety of videos including the 3D experience, services and more visit www.3dcadprinter.com.
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