What is a 3D printer?
Unlike a regular printer, a 3D printer builds a three-dimensional object by depositing filament layer by layer, until the object is formed. A 3D printer transforms your ideas form 3D CAD design to a real-life functional object!
3D Printing Technology
3D printing or additive manufacturing denotes the process of creating solid objects by adding material in layers. FMD (Fused Deposition Modeling) is the process of pushing a filament, which is heated to its melting point and extruded in a thin stream layer by layer, to create a three-dimensional object. Almost all 3D desktop printers are FDM printers. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) & Stereolithograpy (SLA) are other highly utilized methods for 3D printing technologies.
How does 3D Printing Work?
Utilizing 3d modeling software, you design the object you want transformed or simply download a model from one of the thousands of free designs. After loading the design, the advanced software slices up the object and turns the file into series of commands which guide the printer head. Layer by layer the 3D printer builds your object by extruding plastic filament until your object is complete and ready to use!
What can I Make?
Almost anything can think of. You may easily download free designs ready to print or use a variety of 3D modeling software to create almost anything you could imagine. Use it for art, engineering, architecture, recreation, fun or fashion. The applications are limitless. Create tools, toys, games, gifts, figures, models or as a new way to reproduce memories! It’s all designed, customized, personalized and created by you! The questions is not what can you make, but what are you going to make!
The Future of 3D Printing
Imagine being able to create anything from coffee mugs to human organs with a single technology. 3D printing has the potential to improve people’s lives in every aspect. From everyday basics (kid toys, accessories, crafts, household and office supplies) to items as complex as the next generation implants and prosthetics, 3D printing motivates and inspires creation and innovation.
This progressive technology will bring medical, industrial and consumer revolution. As use increases, cost will lower and it will become more commonplace. We are just beginning to explore more advanced possibilities for life-saving applications, custom created food, printing tools and generating parts in space. In addition it will be simple to create detailed replicas of rare and valuable art, fossils or 3D print a house as well as the ability to scan/clone existing objects and improve them on the spot