Sheet metal forming simulation is a 3D based discipline. Therefore, any shape created in simulation can also be 3D printed. In fact, since simulation is based on mesh models the transition from simulation to a 3D printed part is mostly straightforward, given that 3D models for printing must also be converted to a mesh format such as stl or wrl.
How about color?
The question of color all depends on the 3D printing machine and the capital cost. Cheaper 3D printers offer almost no ability to print in true 3D color, other than a single solid color which is 3D filament. The only possibility to print in color on a budget 3D printer is via a manual filament change part way thru the 3D print job. Hence the result becomes two colors, in fixed layers….not exactly true color printing.
However, more expensive 3D printing machines can indeed print in full 3D color much like an inkjet printer. In fact, the technology is similar in that a full 3D color printer simply adds a layer of full RGB inkjet color in every Z step of the build. For this reason, the 3D printed material must be of powdery nature to absorb the inkjet color. This means the color 3D product is only as strong as the material from which it was printed. Ideally, the material would be ABS or PLA plastic, however, it is not possible to impregnate such plastics with inkjet colors during the 3D printing process.
3D Printing and Color Has Limitations.
With current technology and low cost 3D printers it is more feasible to print in a single color, but with a highly durable plastic such as ABS or PLA.
3D printing a simulation result is a way of physically holding the simulated sheet metal process in your hand, taking from the virtual screens of a PC to an inexpensive plastic model which represents exactly what will be built, either at full scale OR scaled down depending on product size
Have Your Simulated Process Printed in 3D
When it comes to 3D printing, you can print the entire process OR print just a few stages, OR print a problem area. Parts are printed using tough ABS or PLA plastic, and at 1:1 scale (where possible). Max part size is 255mm x 205mm x 205mm. Larger parts can be joined OR scaled down.
Represent your simulated process with realistic 3D printed parts.
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