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As an authorized reseller, we are pleased to provide you with hot new 3D printing products from the top manufacturers. We carry a range of 3D printers designed for the home hobbyist, tech enthusiast, student and office use.
What is 3D printing?
3D printing (a.k.a. additive manufacturing) is the process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes.
3D printing is not new, but it is just now becoming available and affordable for consumer and hobbyist use.
The 3D printing market is expanding rapidly as more manufacturers enter the marketplace.
Who uses 3D printing technology?
3D printing technology is used by consumers, hobbyist, students and others to create a wide array of objects. It is also used in many industries including aerospace, architecture, automotive, design, education, engineering, jewelry making, medical and more. What can be produced (“printed”) is only limited by the imagination.
What materials are used in 3D printing?
3D printers use a variety of materials to create objects. Home/consumer units typically use ABS or PLA (both plastic) materials. Higher end units for commercial and industrial use may use ceramic materials, metals and more.
ABS Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
ABS is known to be an impact resistant, light and durable material. If you or your kids ever had a Lego® set growing up, then you are already familiar with ABS. You might use ABS if you were going to build items that will be heated such as a coffee mug or similar.
PLA Polylactic Acid or Polylactide
PLA is derived from renewable sources like corn starch, sugarcane and other renewable ingredients. As such, it is biodegradable and non-toxic. It is not as strong or durable as ABS but is suitable for a wide array of 3D printing applications, especially ones that will not be heated once formed.
What can I create with a 3D printer?
There are thousands of designs available (most of which are free) to download. And there is software available for you to create your own design masterpieces.