You may have heard about all of the new innovations from 3D printers, and now they are available to the general consumer. A 3D printer can build physical objects on a desktop printer by arranging layers of melted plastic into a specified model. Staples now offers the Cube 3D Printer for $1299.99 and Amazon launched a new 3D Printer department offering a range of 3D printers from $1,099. This is a big step towards growing from something only available in large CAD departments, to something you could have in your home, if you drop $1,000 plus.
But do you need a 3D printer? Are you a CAD designer? If not, there may not be much you can print. For the majority, you will have to find a pre-made plan that you can download and print.
MakerBot’s Thingiverse does offer an open-source library of free 3D models ready-to-print. You can find patterns for Fashion, like necklaces, Gadgets, like iPhone cases and more. Many digital designs are available to share.
Keep in mind, without the CAD software and knowledge, you will be limited to designs that others have created. The ease of use has been compared to picking up MS-Dos. Is this the new custom creator for every home? Not yet. There is a great potential as the machines become more main stream, easier to use, and more affordable for the average consumer.
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