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What Is A 3D Printer?

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History of the 3D printer-What is a 3D Printer?

What is almost 40 years old but don’t look it? Yup, you guessed the 3D printers. Unbelievable, the 3D printer   came out in in the early eighties. I was only 10 years around this time and a 3D printer was NOT the big thing. first 3d printer


1981-1999: Birth of an idea and The Crawling Years

What is a 3D Printer? In 1981, a 3D printer patent was given to Hideo Kodama of Japan. Mr. Kodama had created a system that used photoreactive polymers (what is that?). The idea was to come up with a way to create a better prototype and various models. As we know, technology is fast moving because in 1984 a Frenchmen name Alain Le Mahauie applied for a patent for the photopolymer, also known as sterolitography (acrylic-based material). However, he and his team’s idea was abandon.1980 3d printer

It may way for another person in 1986 named Chuck Hull. Chuck applied for a patent 3 weeks after Mahuie’s patent. His patent was for sterolitgraphy and it was pushed through. Charles Hull’s company in 1992 created the world’s first sterolithographic apparatus (SLA) machine.

This machine made it possible to place complex parts on top of each other in less time than it would normally take.

A few years later Carl Deckard applied for a patent for (SLS)-Selective Laser Sintering. It is laser that fuse thermoplastic and metal powders, rapidly creating complex shapes from durable materials.


2000-2009: Walking and The Growing Years

Kicking off the new Millennium was learning about the first 3D printed organs that were implanted in humans. Wake Forest created a bladder and then covered it with human cells. In doing this, the bladder was successful because patient bodies recognized its own cells.

As we know, these new inventions stay in the science field or the medical field before it is released to the average person for use.

Once the bladder was successful, the use of the 3D printer to create organs grew. Prosthetic limbs were created, and it was successful in usage. In 2005 in England, RepRap can about, and it is humanity’s first general–purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine. It takes the form of a desktop printer capable of printing plastic objects.Industrial 3d printer

The RepRap project is an open source initiative, with help from all over the world adding to the goal of producing cheap, effective 3D printers in order to bring them into homes. In 2009, was the year Sculpeto was created, one of the pioneers of stepping towards 3D printing access


2010-present: Grown and Mature Years

In 2010, Urbee was the first 3D printed prototype car. The body of the car was completely 3D. In 2011, Cornell University began to build 3D food printer. It got NASA thinking how the astronauts could 3D print for in space. Many medical 3D printing advances: tissues, organs and low-cost prosthesis. In 22016, Daniel Kelly’s lab announces being able 3D print bones.home 3d print

The cost of 3D printers has decreased in cost greatly. Business firms in many places emerged to meet the growing demand for commercial 3D printers. 3D printer are getting cheaper and better than ever and are continuing to improve all the time. Technology will progress in a ways that every home will have a 3D printer in it.


                                                                                                       Looking for a 3D printer

If you are in the market for a 3D printer, it is important to know how different 3D printers are from one another. Educating yourself with information in order to choose the right model. The 3D printer comes in a variety of styles, and may be optimized for a particular audience or kind of printing.Are you preparing to buy?

Here is what you need to consider this; Why do you want to print in 3D? Are you a consumer interested in printing toys and/or household items? A trendsetter who enjoys showing the latest gadgetry to your friends?An educator seeking to install a 3D printer in a classroom, library, or community center?

An artist who seeks to explore the creative potential of fabricating 3D objects. Alternatively, a manufacturer, looking to print plastic items in relatively short runs.Choosing the right optimal 3D printers depends on how you plan to use it. Consumers and schools will want a model that is easy to set up and use, and does not require much maintenance, and has reasonably good print quality.

Artists may want special features, such as the ability to print objects with lots of color, or to use multiple filament.Designers will want outstanding print quality. Individuals or businesses wanting to show off the wonders of 3D printing to family and friends or clients will want a good reliable machine.Make sure your printing build area is big is enough for the objects that you will print with it.

Mostly “>3D printers have built areas between 6 and 9 inches square, but can go from a few inches up to more than 2 feet on a side, and a few are actually square. Be as actual as you can of your build area so you can the 3D printer best suiting your needs.


Educated Consumer

For 3D printing, resolution equals layer height. Resolution is measured in microns, with a micron being 0.001mm, and the lower the number, the higher the resolution. The thinner each layer is, the more layers are needed to print any given object, and the finer the detail that can be captured.

Most of all 3D printers are sold today can print at a resolution of 200 microns and many can print at 100 microns, which generally delivers good-quality prints. A few can print at higher resolutions still, as fine as 20 microns, but you may have to go beyond the preset resolutions and into custom settings to enable resolutions finer than 100 microns.

Closed-frame 3D printers have an enclosed structure with a door, walls, and a lid or hood. Open-frame models provide easy visibility of print jobs in progress, and easy access to the print bed and extruder.

Closed-frame model is safer, keeping from accidentally touching the hot extruder. It is also quieter operation. Open-frames models will not only see the work being dome but you hear the fan noise smell possible odors (especially when printing with ABS exposed).

You will also have to figure out how you want to connect to your 3D printer. Most 3D printers you can connect with USB but some add their own internal memory. A few of them offer wireless but the downside to that is the file size. It may transfer over slowly. 3D printers also come with software that is Window compatible and in most cases is MacOS compatible too.

If you have any questions and comments,please leave below.

Until next time…..

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2 thoughts on “What Is A 3D Printer?
  1. George

    I would love to see a video of how the printer prints! Cheers

  2. Ivan Brozincevic

    We, humans, are very slow, no matter what we like to think of ourselves 🙂 It took us thirty years to become aware of a great invention such as 3D printer! It’s too cool to learn the history of this unbelievable machine. I still remember watching Star Trek and thinking how we’re never going to have those touchscreen gadgets and printing devices 😀 Who would know they’ll come to life? Amazing!

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