You may have seen it on the news or read about it in your favorite tech magazine, but what exactly is 3D printing?
3D printing is the process of taking a digital CAD object and transforming that object into a living, breathing physical representation. By using 3D filament, personal consumers, engineers, architects and many others are able to bring those three dimensional digital images to life. Here are some beginner’s basics brought to you by 3dprinting.com.
3D printing has been available to larger corporations since the 1980’s, but like many technologies, developers have found a way to make the products more accessible, smaller and easier to use. According to the World Economic Forum survey in 2015, by 2025, a vast majority (81%) of respondents expect 5% of consumer products to be 3D printed. The 3D printer will be a home and office appliance, the report states. 3D printing will not only allow for personalized products but also reduce transportation costs.
So where do you start?
Here are some basics needed to start 3D printing at home:
- 3D printer filament
- A 3D Printer & Software or CAD program
- Slicing Software
- Your imagination
There are many options when it comes to 3D printers but you should start with what filament you want to use. According to hongkiat.com it is recommended that you start with the 1.75 mm filament, since the most popular printers are compatible with this size. Then you should move on to deciding which printer to buy. Keep in mind that these printers are on the expensive side but if you are just savvy enough you can build your own.
Here are the key factors when deciding to buy a 3D printer:
- The Type of Printer
- To Build or to Buy
- Obtaining your 3D models
- STL files
- Slicing Software
Like any technology, we can expect 3D printing to advance quickly. With supplies and printers becoming less expensive, smaller and more user friendly as the years go by. More companies will begin to enter the 3D printing arena, coming up with new ways to make the appliance easier to understand by not-so-tech savvy consumers.
Get out there and research this amazing trend & start creating! The initial investment in 3D printing may look like a nice chunk of change, however, the materials and items you can build for your everyday life are endless.
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