Many sources – from the National Press downwards – are keen to voice the opportunities available with 3D printing; from food to fashion, toys to bespoke medical applications, it seems that almost everything is achievable. Suddenly, we are told, we are on the cusp of being able to conjure up almost anything we desire, and at a low cost too. But are 3D printers really that flexible? Are we heading towards a world where we have machines that generate our needs so quickly and with such flexibility that it appears to have been created out of thin air? While computing speeds and machine systems may be available one day, they are currently not, and while the popular press may try to tell you otherwise, 3D printing isn’t the wonder process that they try and paint it. Continue reading The Pitfalls of 3D Printing
Yes, the 3d printer is cool, and it can print anything you want, whenever, wherever… But you still have to fill ’em with €25 plastic spools. If it were only a little cheaper to use them… Or is it?
There are loads of materials available, but when it comes to polymeres (like plastic), two types of filament are most popular; PLA and ABS plastic. But what are the differences? Which one is best? To answer these questions, first let me tell you a bit more about them.
This time, I will try to teach you something about 3d printing materials. When you have bought a 3d-printer, you will have to fill it with a sort of ink, like in your normal printer, but what do you fill it with? Here’s an overview of the most used filaments in the 3d-printing industry: