New U and S. industrial parts manufacturers will begin using 3-d-printed plastics in their products to clean up their own facilities, using parts sourced from 3-to-5-D printing and 3- to 10-D printers.
The companies have been working to commercialize 3- and 5-D printed parts since 2012, and a few other U. S. companies have started making their own plastic from plastic-coated parts.
The technology allows factories to use a specific kind of plastic material, and make parts out of materials that are easier to handle and to work with.
It also makes it easier to create parts from the same material that are compatible.
The plastics are made with a 3- or 5-dimensional printing process that uses laser light and a powder.
The plastic can then be laser-cut or cut with an extruder, or with a mill.
They are typically made of polypropylene, a material that can be molded or printed with various types of plastics.3-D Printed Plastic from 3D Printing, U.K. via The Economist article