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3D printing by Mind Map: 3D printing

1. Introduction

1.1. additive manufacturing process

1.2. "stereolithography" - the first 3D printing process, invented by Chuck Hill in 1983

1.3. become popular since 2009

1.4. 300,000 consumer of 3D printing now

2. Process of making 3D-printed products

2.1. 1. Melt a plastic metal

2.2. 2. Lay a melted materials on a print platform

2.3. 3. Use a laser to selectively melt metal powder at high temperature

3. Select the right 3D printing materials

3.1. Industrial Metal

3.1.1. Create functional prototypes

3.1.2. Cavities within design

3.2. Rubber-like Plastic

3.2.1. Fine details & smooth surfaces

3.2.2. End products (sensitive to UV light)

3.3. Full colour

3.3.1. Complex models

3.3.2. no functional parts

4. Future prospects

4.1. Educational Use

4.1.1. Cultivates hands-on learning

4.1.2. Enhances learning experience

4.1.3. Opens up a whole new world of exploration

4.2. Industrial Use

4.2.1. Be integrated into the mainstream consumer usage

4.2.2. Alluring investment opportunity for innovators

4.3. Medical Use

4.3.1. Print blood vessels

4.3.2. Print meat tissue of animals

4.3.3. Create functional liver tissue