We live each day not knowing that innovative items are on their way to greet us. Let’s focus on 3D printing, dear readers.
Get to know the big guy
3D printing was born way back in 1968, and obviously, it’s not as refined as it is today. 3D printers are more popular in the world of architecture, engineering, and manufacturing, but eventually, this great technology became well-known in most fields of work and professionalism due to its ease of use, the introduction of desktop-sized models of 3D printers, as well as the advantages that rapid prototyping offers to any design-based business.
How does 3D Printing work?
The printing starts as an idea that you transform into a 3D file. The file will then be prepared and will be transferred to the printer. The process of transferring is manipulated on your computer, pretty much the same as when you transfer MS Word document to a typical printer and in a few seconds, get a hardcopy. The 3D printing then starts with depositing a layer of the builder component, which could be a powder that’s cured by ultraviolet light, molten plastic from a spool or even metal – and this then repeats when the first layer is done.
This happens in a cycle long enough to build your 3D image. After the entire 3D printing process, you can get and open the printer hold the 3D item, which used to be an idea only.
Types of 3D printers
There are basically two main types of 3D printers – the commercial and the personal one. The commercial printer obviously, is designed for commercial use.
The personal version is more cost-effective at £300 – £2,000, and it’s like a DIY printer. This type is perfect for hobbyists who are into learning and exploring the world of 3D. These types of 3D printers nowadays all work by depositing layers of molten plastic from spools, which makes it easier to operate – if the plastic runs out, just replace the spool. If you want to use another colour, just change the spool with one of plastic of another colour.
Is 3D printing worth it?
From the price alone, many people say such type of machine is not worth the buy. But do you know any other machine that can turn any idea into a real item? Probably not.