The physics behind 3D printing

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I’ve been given a research project and I’ve chosen 3D printing, however I need to pack as much physics into it as possible and I’m stumped.

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Hi, so earlier this week I was given a physics research project for over the summer- I naturally thought to do 3D printing as I have a printer at home. Basically, I’ve got the general idea nailed and I’ve done a fair amount of writing for this, but I need specific physics concepts/ideas or at least things I can explain in terms of physics that will get me the science content marks. So far I was thinking something to do with the lasers in SLA printing and possibly the physical properties of the different materials you can use. Please tell me if you have any ideas!!
 
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Welcome to the PF. :smile:
So far I was thinking something to do with the lasers in SLA printing and possibly the physical properties of the different materials you can use.
Those were the two things that I was going to suggest! What can you tell us about them?
 
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I’m not sure really, it seems like the SLA laser borderlines into chemistry which I can’t really talk about - and the materials I’m not sure where to go with that, do you have any advice or ideas?
 
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Basically, I’ve got the general idea nailed and I’ve done a fair amount of writing for this
I’m not sure really, it seems like the SLA laser borderlines into chemistry which I can’t really talk about - and the materials I’m not sure where to go with that, do you have any advice or ideas?
"Well, which is it young fella?" (what movie is that from?)

Can you attach a file with your report so far, so we can suggest other links to pursue?
 
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"Well, which is it young fella?" (what movie is that from?)

Can you attach a file with your report so far, so we can suggest other links to pursue?
Hey, I’ll PM it to you
 

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