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Frequently asked questions

Would you like to know the top questions and answers about 3d printers? If so, then this page is for you. We will discuss how they work and what materials can be used with them, as well as some of their benefits.
3D printing or additive manufacturing has been around for a long time, but it is only recently that it has become more affordable. Now, many people are choosing to buy these machines because they offer such conveniences as being able to print your own replacement parts at home; however, there's more to these devices than meets the eye! Let's take a look at the most frequently asked questions about 3D printers.

Which industries can you use 3D Printers in?

  • Personal and Hobby uses:

3d printers are now more accessible than ever, with lower pricing, better technology and auto-leveling features, anybody can get started 3d printing! 3D printers have a infinite number of uses. From creating models of your favourite characters, to making tools for DIY uses. Even creating functional items for daily use, like brackets, stands etc. Anything you can think of can be printing as long as it fits the printer's parameters. 

  • Professional uses:

There's no denying that 3D printers are taking over. Professional and prosumer models alike have become increasingly popular as more people start their own hobbyist businesses after buying a personal printer, which they spot an opportunity with! Professional manufacturers have also seen the demand for these machines increase as more professionals purchase them to produce parts or prototypes during long meetings with employees that require detailed designs without having an outside resource costs associated.

  • Educational use: 

3D printing is becoming more and more popular in schools across the UK. There are many reasons why 3-dimensional (3d) printers should be considered as part of your school's technology arsenal. From creating models for study, assessing design concepts before building them with real materials or producing prototypes quickly, so you can get feedback on how well it works!

What can I use a 3d printer to create?

3D printers have an infinite number of uses, this means it can be difficult to pin down what exactly to do with it. Here we’ve outlined some popular uses we’ve found.

  • Product design and prototyping: 3D printers are changing the way people create prototypes and get designs made. It's much more affordable for designers, who can now cheaply make their own moulds or have one prototype created with a machine in minutes, instead of paying someone else thousands to do it for them!
  • Creating models and toys: 3D printers are a fantastic tool for hobbyists who want to create their own models and toys. Thingiverse, an online destination that allows users easy access to thousands of open-source designs from all around the world, has been revolutionary in allowing people with 3D printing abilities at home
  • Creating musical instruments: 3D printing musical instruments is becoming a big thing, with some musicians now creating their own designs using 3D printer software. The concept of the “3d printed” instrument may seem futuristic to some people, but it's not too far off in reality when you consider that more companies are beginning to use this technology for prototypes and models before committing full scale production runs.

  • Art & jewellery: With 3D printing, you can now create your own unique piece of art! You might think that this is only possible with big companies and expensive machinery, but there are some amazing artists who use these low-cost devices too. For jewellery designers, Resin printers tend to work best because they're easy enough for beginners yet produce very detailed objects.

How much will a 3d printer cost for home?

The cost of a 3D printer is determined by its capabilities. For example, if you're looking for an industrial-grade machine capable of printing large parts with high precision then expect to pay upwards towards £1000 or more, but these types are more for business use!

The average home user will typically purchase one starting at around £150 for a very basic printer, £1000 for a high-end precision printer, a good price range for a home printer would be £250 to £400 range. 

What costs are associated with 3d printing?

The costs of 3D printing vary depending on what you want to print. For example, a spool of 1kg PLA filament that's common in most homes starts at around £20-£30 (or more). There are other materials available for different purposes, and these can have much higher or lower prices. Other costs you can expect to incur would be the cost of running, so your electric bill, and the cost of any upgrades or replacement parts. The filament would be the only consumable needed.

Which printer would be best for home use?

The world of 3D printing is still in its infancy and there are many options for beginners to explore. You can buy an entry-level model or even develop your own prints without investing too much at first, then upgrade when you're more skilled! We would recommend one of Crealitys brilliant printers to get started, the Ender-3 V2 for example is in stock for next day delivery, and only costs £219.99! Creality Printers are an excellent choice to start for printing FDM at home. If you want a resin or SLA printer for finer work or models, we recommend the elegoo Mars-2 or Creality Halot-One. Both under £300!

Which printer is best for beginners?

If you are just starting out with 3D printing, it is important to consider your needs and wants when choosing which machine will work best for what you need. Some people start off by purchasing a cheap printer as an experiment. However, this could end up being costly in the long run if they don't know how much time or money their hobby requires from them (and also because some may only want one specific thing). So before making such decisions, try doing research on various models available so that whichever option selected can provide both variety and satisfaction!

What do I need to buy with the printer?

3D printers are the future of manufacturing, allowing you to print out parts for your own inventions on demand. Before purchasing one, however, make sure that it has all of these features: A computer with software available such as slicing program and material required (3d printer filaments). An electricity point so they can be powered up; Internet access is desirable but not necessary if designing prints from scratch through CAD designs programs. Most printers will come bundles with a free subscription to a cad slicing software.