3D printing in education gets people talking. It’s an exciting technology with a truly passionate user base. As an educator, you’re probably one of these people. So, wouldn’t it be great if you could meet others like you?
Well, now you can!
There’s a new event in town called Additive Live and it will take place this year in Manchester on Tuesday 28 January at Manchester Metropolitan University. It’s free to attend and you can register for admission here.
Additive Live is for anyone working in 3D printing in further or higher education. The confirmed speaker list brings together experts from HP, Print City, AMAP, GoPrint3D and Autodesk with a killer itinerary, discussing the application of colour in 3D printing, design in additive manufacturing, generative design, and the Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Project managed by The University of Sunderland.
The doors open at 9:30am and the event runs until 12:40pm. Here’s an introduction to one of the topics that’ll be covered – the application of colour in 3D printing…
An introduction to colour in 3D printing
3D printing makes the production of products faster and cheaper across the manufacturing sector, and as a result, businesses who adopt it can gain a competitive advantage across the supply chain to realise greater profits.
It is so effective that it has been dubbed the next manufacturing revolution, so it makes sense for it to be taught in further and higher education. After all, students are the makers of tomorrow. The technology is for them.
But here’s the thing – there are several types of 3D printing technology. The most common are fused filament fabrication (FFF) and stereolithography (SLA). These technologies are very good at what they do. But they don’t print in full colour.
They print a material in one colour, or in up to two colours if they have a dual extruder (quite common in the case of FFF). This limits design potential and means that, sometimes, models need post-processing (painting) to achieve the desired finish.
The next revolution in 3D printing
Printing in colour is the next revolution in 3D printing because it enables a person to produce a model that requires no painting or colouring afterwards. By printing in colour, we can skip a step in making concepts and retail-ready products.
HP Multi Jet Fusion brings that revolution to the here and now.
MJF (as it’s abbreviated) prints models in full colour from nylon. Parts and models are strong, lightweight and suitable for functional testing.
The colouring process is also exceptional. It features voxel-level control, so you can control the physical properties of each voxel (individual bits of powder). This enables colouring that is as accurate as that produced in software.
For students in further and higher education, this new type of 3D printing makes for an incredibly exciting addition to a curriculum or course.
Academic leaders and decision makers in colleges and universities can leverage this opportunity to their advantage. As a relatively new technology spearheaded by HP – one of the world’s biggest technology companies in the sector – Multi Jet Fusion is an unknown by many. But it won’t be for very long.
The technology is being increasingly adopted in the manufacturing sector, particularly in areas of product design and engineering. It won’t be long before others see the benefits of it over traditional processes like FFF and SLA.
You can discover these benefits for yourself at Additive Live.