So I decided to go check out the DME space in Ryerson. I wasn’t able to book due to time constraints but thankfully the item I was really excited to look at was right by the glass. If you haven’t guessed yet, the item I’m talking about is the 3D Printer. Ever since the idea of it was first mentioned I got really excited to see it in real life. Sure, I’ve seen YouTube videos, but to actually take the time to create the design and see it come to life in front of your eyes is amazing.
Thankfully, I was lucky and got a glimpse of someone else using the printer so here are some really bad quality pictures I took of them.
What is a 3D Printer?
A 3D Printer is essentially a device in wear it takes this plastic filament and creates hundreds of layers to make your specific design. Nowadays there’s many different types of printers available, from a handheld pen to higher scaled machines.
Here is a video that explains more on the process:
As explained in the video, you must first create a 3D blueprint for the printer to work from. You can use CAD machines or 3D printing software to translate into a STL file, in which only the 3D printer can read. Just like a regular printer, it needs some sort of “ink”, in this case it’s usually some plastic filament. Then the printer will go back and forth and create the layers necessary to form your design.
3D printers have actually been thought about since the 1980s. It was made as an idea to make industries and metal working a lot easier. Essentially, these industrial inventors enjoyed the thought of a machine changing raw material into the desired shape by this layering format. And thus, the 3D printer and STL file format was born!
There are many new possibilities as to what these 3D printers can possibly do. Even YouTuber’s are getting into the action. As long as people are willing to purchase the device, they will for sure come up with new ways into using it. One popular method is DIYs. People are making phone cases, Pokemon planters, and all sorts of other models that were hard to replicate by hand. There are talks of upscaling it using mud or cement as a medium to create cheap and cost efficient houses in third world countries. Even doctors are inputting new uses by creating more ergonomic friendly casts and possibly human organs and other body parts. The skies are the limits with device and hopefully more innovators will help elevate this technology to its full potential soon.
Happy 3D Printing!
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