3D printing at the core is just transforming a virtual design into a fully three-dimensional product. The printer achieves that through what is called fused deposit modeling (FDM). Filament is fed into the printer (like ink in a traditional printer), heated, and extruded onto the printer bed in layers. Each layer is a cross section of the final, three-dimensional object.
What You Can Make with a 3D Printer
What’s in it for the average consumer? A lot, actually. Here are a few of the many possibilities:
Turn ideas into reality
Wow your child by turning their 2D drawings into 3D creations that can stand out in a place of honor on the kitchen counter, coffee table or home office desk. Show and tell will never be the same.
Useful Household Items and Custom Cooking Utensils
Print everyday items that help you organize or stretch your cooking skills with custom tools and utensils.
Fix Instead of Buy
Gone are the days when you could buy one blender to last you a lifetime. These days, everything seems to be planned for a 2-year life span at most before you’re forced to upgrade to the latest model. With a 3D printer, you can get around that by searching designs for specialty parts or create your own.
Toys and Trinkets
Of course, if you want to just print designs of models – whether they’re reproductions or original creations – a 3D printer is perfect for that as well. See what you can create with limitless imagination and the right tools.