3D Printing: Does It Live up to the Hype?

3D printing has become one of the world’s most exciting new technologies. There are countless possibilities that people speak about on a regular basis in tech, craft and hobby communities. However, does it actually live up to the hype and does it have a place in the home? While 3D printing isn’t going to have a spot in your home much like a regular printer, it’s certainly going to find a niche in many households around the world. But what exactly can a home 3D printer do for you? Read on to find out!

3D Printing of Ball

Creating Toys

If you have children at home or if you have a hobby that involves creating miniatures and figures, then you’ll be glad to know that there is a thriving community that focuses on creating toys. Check out these fantastic toys created with a 3D printer to see what you’re missing. You don’t need to be extra creative either, you just need to get involved with these communities who share the files that are used by a 3D printer and it will automatically print out the model of the toy or figurine. It’s extremely easy, there are plenty of guides and tutorials, and you can always change the colors of the figures as well.

Creating Object with 3D Printing

Creating Useful Household Items

With 3D printing, you’re essentially creating an item out of plastic that can be shaped and molded to your liking. This opens up the possibility for 3D printed household items, such as cable tidies, little storage boxes for valuables, clips for various things and even organizers. There are so many practical products that you can create with a 3D printer that you’ll be trying to find ways to incorporate 3D printing into your daily chores as often as possible. Have some frayed cables? Then 3D prints some cable sleeves to prevent your expensive wires from fraying! Need a stand for your tablet or phone but don’t want to spend extra money on it and waiting for your order to arrive from Amazon? Just print one!

3D Printing

Turn Your Children’s Dreams into Reality

If you have some creative children and some basic 3D modeling skills, you can breathe new life into your children’s dreams by turning their drawings and creations into real figures. There are even services that will help you turn a simple drawing or picture into a 3D model that you’ll receive over the internet. The model can then be transferred to your 3D printer and within a few minutes, your child’s 2D drawing will become a 3-dimensional object. 3D printing is also a great way to teach children some creative skills that will pave the way for them to have a career in creative arts or design.

Summary

3D printing is still a new technology but it is already becoming an extremely useful household object much like a printer. However, the cost is still relatively high and it remains to be a luxurious purchase, but as prices drop and the technology becomes more affordable, many more families will be buying a 3D printer due to how much versatility it offers around the home and for entertainment.

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