Additive manufacturing and 3D printing are umbrella terms for an increasingly diverse range of mechanical systems. A brief selection of the technologies now available to large-scale manufacturers and hobbyists alike include digital light processing (DLP), fused deposition modelling (FDM), stereolithography (SLA), and much more. Each of these relies on a range of different integrated components to achieve the levels of high throughput and independence that are characteristic of AM technologies. Arguably, none of those components are more important than the automation actuators in the positioning system.
In this blog post, we will explore why precision motion control with linear stages and automation actuators are so important to 3D printer operation.