Not to mention these magnificent machines that came to facilitate the execution of the most ambitious graphic projects. Cultivated among amateurs and professionals, this new technology arrived in the Brazilian market a few years ago carrying many promises, but also raising many doubts. If you are part of this group of curious people, check out this list where we answer the most frequently asked questions about the use and functionality of 3D printers. Come on?
3D Printer – What is it for?
Equipment that develops models so quickly and at low cost of production will obviously have a variety of functions. Basically, a 3D printing makes it easy to produce test pieces, full scale or not, although with different material than the final product. Prior to the emergence of 3D printers, the prototyping process had to be done manually. After that, the mold would be created for future and larger scale reproductions. Thanks to the 3D technique, this is no longer necessary.
What projects can I easily print?
With the affordable cost of raw materials, the urge to get your hands dirty and start creating something with your 3D printer can be overwhelming. Here are some objects that can be created without much work using your printer:
- Artistic pieces such as jewelry and sculptures
- Nerdy sculptures like action figures and miniatures
- Architecture molds to visualize projects
- Implants and models for medical area
- Food molds to decorate gastronomic spaces
- Replacement or spare machinery parts.
What knowledge do I need to start printing?
If you want to get involved in every step of the process, getting an idea out of your mind, going through 3D editing software, and then getting the printer to run it, you’ll need to spend time studying how these programs work. To the delight of those who don’t have the time, or the head, to study 3D editing processes, there are many free projects that you can download and run very easily. The Thingiverse site brings together several such user-created files that dominate major editing tools such as Blender. It is now up to you to choose the project adapted for your printer and send control + p.
How much does the raw material cost?
Let’s talk first about the cost of the material, which will vary according to the technique your 3D printer uses. Now just know the total weight of the project you want to execute and estimate the cost it will have for you. However, when we talk about more sophisticated 3D printing techniques, such as liquid resin, the value of the material can go up considerably.
How much does a 3D printer cost?
The time for truth has come. Want to know how much you need to shell out to be the happy owner of one of these amazing machines? Well, depending on your purchasing power, buying a 3D printer can be a long-term project, considering that the cheapest models cost around R $2,100, for those who buy here in the country, and may reach exorbitant. $20,000. So, did you enjoy our answers? So stay tuned on the blog, as soon we will return to other fascinating subjects of the world of graphic production.