Printing Tips for The Average Joe

What is 3D Printing?

You may have heard about 3D printing for quite some time now but have no inkling what the hype is all about. Believe the hype though there is more to it and you might want to continue reading to have a better understanding of it.

We begin by defining 3D printing which is a method of building a solid physical object based on a digital 3D prototype. Because the assembly process is similar to putting ink on paper, the word “printing” is included in the term. Customarily, 3d printers make use of a base material that is jerry-built in layers to bring into existence the finished product. It is described as an additive process because the bottom layer is printed first before adding the supplementary layers on top of it until is object is finished.

You may not believe it but 3D printing has been used in industrial application for quite some time now. The surge in its popularity can be traced to the accessibility of its present software and the cheaper and smaller hardware it uses. The price tags of 3D printers have never been more reasonable, and the variety of 3D modeling programs have never been greater. The printers have become a must-have for people who like making their own customized products and parts like the DIYers.
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Ordinary people may not see much use yet for a 3D printer but that is changing day by day. There are models being tested to make duplicating physical objects and printing them so easy that anyone can do it. It may be a couple of years away yet, but 3D printing is going to become as common as the office copier for everyone to use.
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There is a printer now that can print in 3D whatever you imagine in chocolate. There is also a printer that can 3D print yourself as an action figure. Research and development in the medical field is tinkering with 3D printed prosthetics. DIYers have tried printing their own smartphone case, broken appliance parts, or even mounts for their webcams fashioned from their own specifications. With 3D printing, the average person can print his or her own things, components of bigger items, or even complicated and mobile objects.

If you want to do 3D printing in all seriousness, your best option is to purchase your own printer. While it may still be expensive, it is not as costly as it used to be. If you cannot afford one right now, you can join a hackerspace in your neighborhood that charges a membership fee. You can also look at your local library, at a community college or in a vocational school if they have a 3D printer you can use.