A 3D printing process begins with the Computer Aided Design (CAD), which produces the 3D model, with a Computer Aided Design software. This process is followed by converting to STL.
This allows a conversion of CAD drawing into STL. This is an acronym for a standard tessellation language. The follow up of the process is for it to be transferred to the AM machine, along with manipulation of an STL file. The user will copy the STL file into the computer that maintains the controls of 3D printer. This is where it is possible for the user to designate both orientation and size for printing.
The follow-up of the process is a machine setup. Every machine will have its own requirements when preparing for a new printing job. This also includes providing the materials that can be used for printing. Next in the process is building, which is where the machine will do what it supposed to do. It is known to mostly be automated, and how long it takes depends on the object’s size and materials used for making the object.
The next process is removal, which means removing object(s) that have been printed (made) from the 3D printer. Wear protective materials if the printed objects include toxic materials or hot surface. The next process is post-process, because many 3D printers will require doing some post-processing for that printed object. Finally, use the newly printed object.