Seven Practical 3D Printing Objects You Can Use

With the emergence of desktop 3D printers for the consumer market, we have seen some pretty amazing and interesting 3D objects you can print with a 3D printer. Here’s a list of practical 3D objects you can use at home for everyday use. 1) Roll Top Box Work Found at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:33296 gabrielfp   This is one type of 3D printed furniture you can make – roll top box. This 3d printed roll top box is a great way to store and organize your knickknacks, toys or anything else you can think of. 2) Archimedean Pencil Holders Work Found at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:98976 pmoews   Here’s another 3D printed furniture you can create. This Archimedean pencil holder is a great addition to your home or office. This is an eye catching way to showcase your pencils, pens, or even utensils, such as chopsticks. 3) Phone Case Work Found at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:99661 Imminentfate   Instead of buying a phone case that everyone else seems to have, you can accessorize your iPhone, Android or Blackberry phones with a customized 3D printed phone case. Now you can have a 3D printed phone case for every day of the week. 4) Kitchen Counter Spoon Holder Work Found at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:22000 makinit   With this 3D printed spoon holder, you can keep your dirty spoons, forks or even chopsticks from touching the surface of your clean kitchen countertops. This 3D printed spoon holder can also be used as table settings for your dinner parties. 5) Chicken Egg Cup Work Found at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:67110 CreativeTools   Which came first the chicken or the egg? This 3D printed chicken egg cup will not only make your breakfast more entertaining but help you answer this age old question. 6) Battle Axe Hair Sticks Work Found at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:26864 zheng3   With these 3D printed battle axe hair sticks, you can style your hair as you watch your favorite television series, Game of Thrones. 7) Coin Trays Work Found at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:12410 SuperAmi   Is your coin jar collecting dust? It’s time to turn your unwanted coins into cash by organizing your coin collection with these 3D printed coin trays. You might be surprised how many coins you have collected over the years. No Banner to...

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Types of 3D Printing Materials

There is a wide range of 3D printing materials that are currently available in the industrial market and that is being developed for the consumer market. Here is an overview of 3D printing materials that are available across all 3D printing technologies, which include plastics, metals, ceramics and various other 3D materials. Plastics / Polymers 3D Materials Plastics or polymers are the most common type of 3D material used, especially for desktop 3D printers. Plastics are used by both industrial and consumer markets. In the consumer market, a desktop 3D printer heats the plastic filament to a temperature range of 320-482°F. The heated plastic is then extruded onto a print bed layer by layer until the 3D object is completed. Here is a image of plastic 3d material below. PROFI3DMaker 3D printer For industrial users, plastics can be heated by UV lasers and then used to form the printed object in a similar manner, layer by layer. Types of plastic filaments include ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), PLA (Polylactic Acid), PVA (Polyvinyl Alcohol), PC (Polycarbonate) and HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene). The two most common types of plastics that are currently being used for desktop 3D printers are ABS and PLA. ABS and PLA have unique properties that provide advantages and disadvantages. ABS, petroleum based plastic, is known to be a more durable and heat resistant plastic but gives off strong fumes when heated. On the contrary, PLA, plant based plastic, gives off less irritable fumes but has a lower melting and breaking point. Metal 3D Materials Other type of 3D materials is metal. Using metal for 3D printing is relatively new and is gaining traction in many industries, including automotive and aerospace. To fabricate a metal 3D printed object, metal is typically heated by a laser and placed layer by layer. Here is an image of a 3D printed metal part below. Army Researchers Use 3D Printers for Rapid Prototypes / Types of metals available include steel, aluminum and titanium. Precious metals are also being used as 3D materials, such as gold and silver. Ceramic 3D Materials Ceramics is another type of 3D material. Ceramic 3D printed objects are using droplets of liquid binder on top of a thin layer of ceramic powder, followed by another layer of ceramic powder. To finish a ceramic 3D printed object, series of heat treatments are required to dry, fire, and glaze the 3D printed object. Other 3D Materials As 3D printing technology continues to expand and mature, more 3D materials will be available, including composites, paper, plaster, wood, organic (tissue/cells), nylon, food, and concrete. This list is sure to grow to include many more materials that can contribute to useful 3D printed objects. No Banner to...

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