A Guide for Beginners on 3D Printing

3D printing has become the new trend today. Over the years, this technology rise into popularity due to the advantages it offers to companies, especially in healthcare, engineering, architectural, automotive, and aviation industry. If you have not heard about 3D printing before, below is a crash course about 3D printing to help you know more about it.

 

Getting to Know 3D Printing

3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing. It is a process wherein a 3D model turns into a real object by building small layers stacked on top of each other one at a time. It works like an inkjet printer. However, instead of printing objects on the page, it creates a real object with three dimensions. Moreover, it uses molten plastic put together by adhesive rather than ink.

In a nutshell, almost anything can be made with 3D printing. It is one of the reasons why many companies now use this technology. Some utilize 3D printing to create prototypes of their product; whereas, some companies use 3D printed parts on their products.

The possibility is countless with a 3D printer. For example, if the temperature-dial of your refrigerator breaks, there’s no need to buy for a replacement part. You can create a new dial with 3D printing. Imagine the money you can save from having a 3D printer at your home!

How to Get Started

Are you getting more curious about 3D printing? If yes, here is a guideline to help you how to get started with 3D printing.

Step1: Invest a 3D Printer

Of course, the first thing you have to do is to find and purchase a 3D printer.

3D printers nowadays are more accessible and less expensive compared to the first time it was introduced in the 1980s. There are several distributors of this printer in the market, and you can also find it online.

Now, notice that there are different types of printer. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses. Thus, make sure to do plenty of research about the different types of 3D printing machines before making a final decision.

You can go to this source- digi3dverse.com, for additional guidelines on 3D printers.

Step2: Design Your 3D Model

You need to create a design or 3D model before printing. Choose a model of the object you want to create. You can see samples of 3D models online. Also, there are applications and 3D scanners that allow you to create 3D models of various objects.

Step3: Convert the Model

Now that you have your model, the next step is to convert it to STL   (STereoLithography) format. 3D printers only use this type of format, so make sure to get it done.

After doing so, use a “slicer” to convert the model to G-code.

Step4: Print

Once the model is converted into G-code, it is now ready to print. Press or click on “print” to send it to the printer. The printing process is quite long, so be patient in waiting.

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