3D printing has become a buzz word, and rightfully so.  This technology has disrupted almost every industry and, while not all 3D printers have the same quality of resolution, they do all offer the possibility of putting your dreams in your hands. 3D printing allows the possibilities to be endless.

 

What Is 3D Printing?      

If you still are unfamiliar with 3D printing, the procedure follows the same process as traditional paper inkjet/LaserJet printers: First you create the file to be printed, then you electronically send the file to a printer, and...

When it comes to 3D printing for the hobbyist/typical user, you generally have 2 choices (however, sometimes you may only be allowed one or the other): ABS or PLA. Well, how do you decide? I’ll attempt to give you a better understanding of these two acronyms.

I’ll start off by saying, that as a material scientist/biomedical engineer, PLA is my favorite material - but if I had to choose a material to use, it would be ABS. I say Polylactic Acid (PLA) is my favorite simply because it’s biodegradable - it’s made from corn. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is derived from petroleum...

When you think about it, this is an odd question to ask – 3D printing is an additive process, so how could there be any waste? As reasonable a question that is, one quickly learns that there is indeed wasted material from 3D printers.

We at TRINOTA have concluded that wasted material comes from 3 outcomes:

  • Material wasted during the warmup process of the 3D printer – the extruder generally wastes about a foot of material while warming up, and this happens at the beginning of every project.
  • Errors occurring during the printing process, which is...

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