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Getting Into 3D Printing

Photographer: Amin Hasani

What if you didn’t have to venture out to the store every time you needed something? What if you didn’t have to order cheap stuff online? It would be great to simply make what you needed. That’s now possible. 3D printing takes a file from your computer and slowly uses melted plastic to create a three-dimensional solid object. More and more regular people are stepping into the future with their own 3D printers. Common 3D prints during a global pandemic include face shields, components that help make face masks more comfortable and even ventilator parts. People working from home are making organizational tools and laptop lifts. Paul Sieradzki, founder of R3 Printing, Inc., chats with Bold TV about what it takes to jump into the 3D printing world. 


What features should you look for?

Research is key with 3D printing. First, you should definitely know the capability of your printer. If it has a single print head, a complex object won’t have enough support and may droop. In that case, you would need a dual-extrusion printer with two nozzles. That type of printer would support objects like arches. Second, the printer should always have the right temperature. If it’s too cool, the plastic will stall at the nozzle. If it’s too warm, the object will struggle to keep its form. 


Reddit is the place for 3D printing questions

Reddit is a website that brings people together to talk about a range of subjects, including 3D printing. It’s the place to go when you have any questions, concerns or drooping plastic. 3D printer owners say that it’s a good brain teaser. Learning the settings and how to create files is a whole new world. But it offers the chance to be more creative and ingenious. What could you do with a 3D printer?

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