7 Misconceptions You May Have Believed About 3D Printing
Not everyone will perfect the art of 3D printing the first go-around (or the second, third, or the tenth). If you feel called out by that statement, have no worries! There are many people in your shoes.
3D printing is something that is still being taught and is new to many people. However, there can be some confusion about what is fact and what is false, so let us dive into what these lies are.
1. 3D Printing Is Only Made For Little Pieces
When 3D printing was new on the market, it was a common misconception that only tiny pieces could be created and printed out. But like how Copernicus believed the sun revolved around the earth, this is simply not the case!
Though it is true that many 3D printers are used for producing small items, there is a wide variety of 3D printing in many different size styles. However, it is not always the most budget-friendly and can cost more than it may be worth it.
2. Anything You Can Imagine Can Be Printed
With technology nowadays, the opportunities seem limitless, and anything seems possible. And even though that may be true in some regards, it can be shocking for some to know that not everything can be recreated by a 3D printer.
For example, when 3D printing became a worldwide sensation, there seemed to be hope for those who may be on a waiting list to receive organ transplants or donations. It would be great, but sadly it is not yet possible for humans.
3. 3D Printing is Extremely Expensive
Sure, if we were living in the 18th century, the concept of printing- much less printing something that is not on paper- would be insanely expensive. Unheard of, even. But thankfully, we have learned a thing or two since the World Wars.
Like previously mentioned, printing large-scale items may not be the most budget-savvy, but in retrospect, it is not awful. With a bit of research, you can find printers that will not cost you an arm and a leg (and even if they do, maybe you can print them). As a bonus, as there are improvements in knowledge, the price will consequently drop. This is something to celebrate!
4. This Dimension Of Printing Is Brand New
And by brand new, we mean people who believe that 3D printing has only been around this past decade. That is most definitely a myth! A lesser-known myth, but a myth, nonetheless.
It first came around in the 1980s, and since then, it has had obvious room for future growth. Changes since the beginning of 3D printing include faster production and decreased prices.
5. There Is Only One 3D Printing Program
When you think of the internet browsers, one of the first ones to pop in your head is Google. But we all know that Google is not the only effective and popular browsers. You may even be using a different browser now!
Similarly, 3D printing has different technologies and programs. The most well-known is FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication), but there are others such as SLA, SLS, and WAAM. There are a few differences between each, and most definitely challenges to all, but at the end of the day, similar results can be produced.
6. 3D Printing Is As Easy As “Regular Printing”
We know that when all the older members of our family learn how to forward something from a computer to a 2D printer, the world will be perfect (well, at least getting there). But we do realize that this kind of technology is new to them, and they may not comprehend all the ins and outs.
Similarly, 3D printing is a newer technology to our generation, and like our elders, we may not understand exactly how it works. It truly is a learning process, and it is not as straightforward as pressing a single button. Unless you are a designer or a person with an extensive design background, things may not come so easily.
7. Regular Creation And Production Will Go Extinct
“The newer, the better” seems to be a phrase that this generation attempts to live by. But it is important to question if “newer” really is what is best. Considering the time and potential costs that may go into 3D printing, it may be easier for companies to stick with what they know.
Some people love new products, and others would prefer to run far away before they would change things around. No matter where you may find yourself on this spectrum, educating yourself on 3D printing is important and necessary to move forward in our future.
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Kristin Herman is a writer and editor at UK Writings. As a marketing writer, she blogs about the latest trends in digital advertising. In her spare time, she practices yoga and meditation, likes to spend time with her two dogs, and she likes to play bingo every Friday night.