Printing in a 3D printer just rocked the world. But people are still very skeptic about their usability, and a lot of people still prefer to buy things or make them themselves, but not printing them in 3D printer. The machines are expensive, obviously, but then again, it is pretty clear that such a machine should be expensive – plus, it can! Nevertheless, these printers have a lot of untapped potential in them, and it just needs to be discovered.
These printers are something we can clearly live without, why print a determined utility when you can just go ahead and buy it? Still, if the potential within them is unleashed, they can be as useful as trucks are for industrial transportation services. For example, warehouses could easily use 3D printing to boost manufacturing productivity, and it can also be used to create affordable prosthetics too.
In fact, 3D printers are amazing when it comes to innovations, and the best users for them are artists, inventors and other commercial workers. Nevertheless, the best users for a calculator are mathematicians, but it doesn’t mean we all shouldn’t have one with us just in care, and it certainly doesn’t mean we do not know how to use one. 3D printers are ready to hit homes, and the price for a lot of them has dropped below 1,000$, and, in fact, it can go even lower than half of that value.
Fortunately for us, the 3D printer makers have thought about everything for us, and while they work on programming instructions to create objects, there are pre-loaded instructions ready to be used, and in these pre-loaded instructions, all you have to do is select what you want, hit print, and wait for the printer to do it’s magic. After a crazy supply of the objects these instructions have, you can go on an adventure, and try to find out what else you can end up creating with a 3D printer. With some creativity and imagination, no one really knows how far you can go. But then again, if you don’t feel like thinking and don’t really want to get creative, you can just go ahead and search online, and soon enough you will find platforms like Thingiverse, where creators share their designs with the world.
So, basically, the only real skill required to use a 3D printer properly, is creativity. All in all, you just need to be a little creative with what you can do, and just sit back and enjoy the results of your creativity. As an example, we can talk a little bit about decorations or normal, everyday household objects.
In this example, we can clearly understand how easy it is to have unique decorations people will certainly admire, and it will be a subject to talk about, whether they like it or not, simply because of the fact that is will be so interesting. Questions will range from “where did you buy it?,” to “was it expensive?,” and to both these questions you can just smile and tell people you did it yourself. It doesn’t really get any better than that.
Just as an idea, you can even create, let’s say, a small living room on top of your table, so you can pretty much have a living room, inside a living room. All you need to do is be creative, look up models (or create them yourself if you’d like to), and get things done. It can end up being a cheap task taking into account that small decorative objects can be incredibly expensive for no reason at all.
At the end of the day, 3D printers can even be used for educational purposes. Let’s imagine a situation in which a child is having a lot of trouble with simple math, like multiplication (although it is pretty simple to us, failure to understand the concept can make it pretty tough on the child). In this situation, the father of the child could just use the 3D printer to print away an object that they already have at home, and after printing said object, it can be explained that he multiplied the object, making it of easy comprehension for the student. Of course, this is an extremely simple example, and a good amount of other examples could be given, and the usefulness of the printer would still apply.
These machines can be expensive if you are aiming for top quality, but they sure make up for it in the long run, as long as you treat them the way you are supposed to they will end up providing a good return on the money you spent. All in all, a 3D printer is only as useful as its owner makes it. And if you are a very creative person, you will certainly see a lot of qualities in the printer making it one object you surely need to have. Then again, even if you are not a creative person, exploring the limitless possibilities a 3D printer provides you would certainly be a great exercise to help you develop your creativity.
In this article we looked a little bit into the practical uses a creative mind can give to a 3D printer at home, but the possibilities are way more than the ones exposed in here. As a final example, it is clear that the printer can be used as a creative relieve used to escape the stress of our everyday lives.