UV inkjet 3D printing focusses on the digital manufacturing of objects that cannot be produced by other 3D printing techniques or conventional manufacturing methods. Marin Steenackers explores its potential.
Over the last decade, 3D printing technologies such as fused deposition modelling (FDM), laser sintering (LS), and stereolithografie (SLA) have been developed for the manufacturing of prototypes (rapid prototyping), as well as finished products (digital additive manufacturing). Objects are usually printed with one single material, leading to the creation of products with one single set of material properties. A relatively young and strongly innovative branch within the 3D printing technology is UV inkjet 3D printing.