A Guide to 3D Printers: The DIYer's Dream
You may have been hearing a lot about 3D printing and the way it could potentially change the way we live in a modern society. A household where everything from printing a meal, printing a car, or even printing the house itself is all just a digital file and right click away. Think about a patient at a hospital waiting while a desperately needed new organ is slowly but surely being built one nanometer at a time. The hypotheticals are limitless and very much dream inspiring. This blog will educate you on the current state of 3D printing and its most useful applications for today.
Let me start by explaining what exactly a 3D printer is for those of you who haven’t heard of them yet. A 3D printer is an additive process whereby a filament (usually plastic, but also include metals and biodegradable materials) are stacked upon each other over and over again until a finished product emerges. The item itself is engineered on a PC or downloaded from a website and then printed. The primary objects currently printed range from small toys or “knick knacks” to dinnerware or art pieces. However, in actuality you can pretty much design and implement anything you can imagine. Here a couple of simple examples of some fun designs that you can create with a 3D printer.
Where can a person get one of these handy dandy machines you ask? I will tell you right now. NFM currently offers almost a dozen different 3D printer models complete with corresponding filaments in a variety of colors. Come in and check out a few that we currently have on display and fully functional in our computer department. Until then, let’s take a look at one of the more popular models right here and now.
Why buy a toy from the store when most of the fun is designing and being able to see that toy appear before your very eyes. The Da Vinci 2.0 Duo 3D Printer allows you to do exactly that! It’s a great 3D printer for the introductory user and features dual extruders allowing you to create a two-colored project. It’s also very easy to use and comes fully assembled and ready to print right out of the box! XYZprinting also offers you access to a whole 3D printing and design community where you can create, share, and download hundreds of 3D designs from people all over the world!
If you can dream it and design it, then you can probably build it with a 3D printer. It’s a whole new tool to teach your kids the creativity involved in engineering in a fun and explorative way! Check our selection out in-store or online and start working on your creations today!