It isn’t a new concept, but then again it is fairly new. You see…3D printing is going to be the next big thing because what we have found is that 3D printing can make: food, human body parts, internal bodily organs that can function, guns, and many other various items. And some items you will be able to print at home.
To get started on the possible items that you have for “buying” products, if you are so interested, I will list the printers available along with the how much they cost (according to Amazon), as well as, what these specific printers will do just for you. What we will also do is share with you the controversy that comes with these printers, specifically, the making of your own personal guns.
We suggest that you watch the videos that accompany this article so you can see the printers in action.
1) Entry-Level Filament 3D Printers
- Price Range: $300 to $2,000
- Purpose: A plastic filament is melted and then deposited in thin layers that build up the model. This is mainly used for small items. Example below.
- Suggested by Tomsguide: Cubify Cube & Solidoodle.
- Pros: Low-cost
- Cons: Prints only one color or material at a time and only builds object within the 4x4x4 box.
2) High-End Filament Printers
- Price Range: $1,000 to $3,000
- Purpose: Prints just like the Entry-level Filament Printer but it adds extra features to the standard 3D filament printer, such as multiple extruders and thinner layers (down to 0.0039 inches, or 0.1 millimeters) for smoother prints.
- Suggested by Tomsguide: Makerbot Replicator 2
- Pros: Larger print area and multiple extruders which means printing with multiple colors and materials in one object.
- Cons: Higher cost, and more parts to replace since it is a more sophisticated printer, which can damage your pocket even further.
On our next post on 3D printing we will introduce the concept of printing FOOD!