3D Printing Basics – Part 1

It could really pay to know 3D printing basics: we think that this relatively simple technology is the wave of the future. Soon, folks will be able to “print” simple objects at home — screws, hangers, spoons… really, any design that can be downloaded and milled. This will save you time, money, and unnecessary trips to the store!

If you’re unfamiliar with 3D printing basics, we put together a primer. Take a look as we demystify 3D printing.

You can make all sorts of things out of resin once you master some basics.

3D printing basics – know your software

Because the internet is such a cool place, you can find many tools online for free!

For example, Blender is a free, open source software hub. Download printing software in just minutes to get started.

Also, try Thingiverse: an open-source STL file-sharing program. 3D creators share their downloadable and printable designs on this platform for no charge. Browse and pick out your project or upload your own! (Be sure to send the creators a tip to say thank you.)

3D printing basics – Know your hardware

Get yourself an entry-level printer. The good news is that printers have really come down in price in recent years so the barrier to entry is much lower. You don’t need to be a millionaire to get a basic printer.

We recommend getting started with a $200 FDM resin printer, like the Creality Ender 3.

If you can imagine something and design it, you can make it with a 3D printer.

Read more

For folks who want a more intermediate to advanced understanding of 3D printing, please check out this other, more in-depth blog article we wrote about 3D printing.

Teach a class

When you’ve mastered 3D printing, you can offer to teach a class in our virtual makerspace! Are you a 3D modeler or printer?

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