How far can technology go? As far as one's imagination it seems. The advancement in technology today leads many people to enjoy the convenience and ease it brings. Every year, a new technological idea is presented to the public and one of them even makes one's dream into a reality, thanks to a machine called 3D Printer.
What is 3D Printing?
3D Printing is a process of printing an object that one can actually use. The process starts simple. One would create whatever image they want in a computer software and after scanning the image, it will then be sent to the printer that would then print it out in 3D format. Although it looks quite easy, and rightly so, there are different printers out there and depending on the needs and requirements of the person using it, may also differ in prices.
There are different applications that people may find useful using the printer. In the medical world such as, printers are used to make low-cost prosthetics. Since prosthetics are expensive, the 3D printed prosthetics are not only effective and found useful, it also cuts the cost of the original prosthetics and can be used to help amputees at home or shipped to war-torn countries. 3D printed ears, limbs and other body parts and medical equipment such as wheelchairs are now made using 3D printing machine. In some countries, researches are also ongoing with the possibility of one day using the equipment to print skins and other tissue material which can make skin grafting or skin replacement for patients faster and easier.
Another area where 3D printers are quite popular are with the kids. As kids becomes more inquisitive and curious with their surrounding and the campaign for creative awareness, these equipment are useful in helping kids image and create their own toys.
Interested in 3D Printing?
For beginners out there who are interested in creating or starting out in the industry, choosing the right equipment and materials are important especially if one is interested in making money out of it. The most popular filament for beginners is the PLA or Polylactic acid filament which is made of biodegradable and sustainable materials. Examples of companies that sells such filaments includes Proto-pasta, 3Dom USA, MakerBot and ColorFabb PLA. There are other companies out there that also offer other filament types and printers however, the companies mentioned above have ideal filaments that are suitable for beginners.