AMR

The Detail on This Tiny 3-Inch-Long 3D Printed Ship Will Amaze You

Share this Article

ship4When we talk about 3D printing, one of the first benefits of the technology that most people will bring up is its ability to create completely custom objects. We aren’t just talking about custom colors and designs, but about designing an object from the ground up tailored to each and every individual’s needs. While 3D printing is great for prototyping, this is one reason why the technology is beginning to make its mark in the creation of end-use products as well.

Sure, 3D printing definitely has an advantage over more traditional injection molding techniques when it comes to creating custom one-off items, but what happens when we need high quality, highly detailed products? Can 3D printing also compete there?

ship1One Russian company, called Invent Prototyping, seems to have that answer –which depicted in a tiny 79.75mm-(3.13 inch)-long model ship, built on a very high quality industrial level 3D printer.

Invent Prototyping is currently one of the oldest rapid prototyping companies located in Russia. They have five professional 3D printers that utilize different technologies, as well as a 3D scanner with an accuracy of +/- 7 microns. Their headquarters are located in Saint Petersburg, although they tell us that they have customers from all around the world. One of these customers recently approached them in order to have a very tiny boat 3D printed, a challenge which the company was certainly up for.

ship3

“We used a 3D Systems ProJet 3500 HD Max 3D printer, which uses MutliJet modeling technology. Due to the 16 microns layer thickness, the printing process took about 11 hours,” Valentina Kovaleva of Invent Prototyping tells 3DPrint.com.

As you can see in the photos, the ship, which measures just 15.3mm (0.6 inches) high, has extremely detailed components which all remained intact throughout the printing process. Made up of a hard ABS-like plastic, it is also quite sturdy. This goes to show that 3D printing can hold up quite well when it comes to creating highly detailed end-use products. Of course not all 3D printers are created equal, and the majority of your desktop FFF-based printers would not be capable of this. However, an ever-growing list of companies around the world now offer services using these high end printers from 3D Systems and others, meaning just about everyone can now have access.

ship2

What do you think about this incredible 3D printed ship, made by one of Russia’s most respected 3D printing companies, thanks to the ProJet 3500 HD Max 3D printer by 3D Systems? Discuss in the 3-Inch-Long 3D Printed Ship forum thread on 3DPB.com.

Share this Article


Recent News

Kings 3D Breaks Ground on $70M 3D Printing Hub in China

An Intertwined Future: 3D Printing Nanocellulose



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Regular, Medium, and Large Format 3D Printing Explained

At Additive Manufacturing (AM) Research and on 3DPrint.com, we use the terms regular, medium, and large format to segment the 3D printing market. We developed these terms to help bring...

Global Materials Group Acquires Canadian Hardfacing Metal Firm, Boosting 3D Printing Portfolio

Consolidation in the additive manufacturing (AM) service bureau segment continues to take place. The latest news sees international provider Wall Colmonoy acquire Indurate Alloys Ltd., a Canadian supplier of hardfacing...

Featured

Beyond Chuck Hull’s Legacy: the Unsung Heroes Who Paved the Way for 3D Printing

Next month, we will celebrate a huge anniversary. 40 years ago, on August 8, 1984, Charles Hull filed a patent application for stereolithography: the first additive manufacturing technique in history,...

3DPOD Episode 207: 3D Printed Electronics with Richard Neill, CEO of Advanced Printed Electronic Solutions

Rich Neill is refreshingly clear and direct about 3D printed electronics. His previous venture allowed him to start Advanced Printed Electronic Solutions with his own money, making him beholden to...