Many people ask us about the limitations of 3D printing and in particular about size, accuracy, speed, materials and resolution.


There are many different types of 3D printer on the market these days ranging from entry-level machines for the hobbyist to large-scale industrial machines suitable for prototyping at an engineering level.


At Quod, we use the class-leading industrial-standard 3DSystems range of plastic, wax, ceramic and multi-material 3D printers to get the finish we require for our customers and clients.


Recently, an artist requested to see the scale and finish of a full-size torso printed in ceramic. Having scanned a male torso, the data was split in half so that the torso could be printed in two halves as the full size would not fit on the printing bed of our largest printer. The two hollowed halves were sealed together afterwards to create a full-size torso which showed an amazing level of bone and muscle feature.


The original body was scanned with the Artec Eva hand held 3D scanner which captures texture and full colour data with a 3D point accuracy of up to 0.1mm. More information about the 3DSystems series of professional printers and the Artec range of hand held scanners can be found at www.europac3d.com, our sister company who are resellers of many of the major brands in the field of 3D scanning and 3D printing.


Below left is a short video explaining the 3D printing process using a 3DSystems ProJet 660 ceramic printer.