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The Importance Of A Good Power Supply

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The Power Supply for your 3D Printer is just that, it provides the power your Printer needs to operate. Many 3D Printers use the equivalent of the adaptor used with many laptop computers. All Printers have a limit as to the maximum temperature the Extruder can reach to facilitate Prints. We would like our readers to take note that many 3D Printers sold today, especially those readily affordable, are able to Print at temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit/~149 degrees Celsius, which will work well for Filaments such as ABS and PLA. As far as we have seen, all Open Source 3D Printers can use third-party parts easily so you should be able to purchase an Extruder that can handle the higher temperatures that specialized Filaments, such as Laywood-D3, Taulman 618, and Taulman 645, need. When making any upgrades to your 3D printer make sure to consider the additional power that part may require.


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Why Is 3D Printing Important?

3D printed eyewear | Source: Stratasys

3D printed eyewear | Source: Stratasys

The 3D printers discussed in this blog will all be printers that are consumer affordable. 3D print era makes the assumption that what constitutes an affordable 3D printer will be no more than $3000 with possibly a few exceptions. Most of the printers we will discuss and/or recommend will actually be in the hundreds of dollars. Besides versatility and reliability a 3D printer must be affordable to purchase and maintain. We will only present printers that are amongst the easiest to operate and perform routine maintenance on.

3D printers open up a world of opportunities previously only available to medium-to-large size businesses and factory’s. Imagine, you have an idea for something, it is something simple that you can “design” yourself or have someone else do it for little cost; instead of having to submit to a patent company and pay them and they then search for a manufacturer that is willing to take the risk to produce your idea, you can do it yourself. It is similar to an author self-publishing a book or an independent movie.

Apart from the initial investment, and depending on the size of the object, and literally a few dollars in printing supplies, you can test your idea whenever you like and in little time. 3D printers are also a great educational opportunity for children and will flex their creative muscle. At this time I wouldn’t recommend the 3D printers marketed directly for children as they tend to be much more expensive as the consumer is convinced into believing that the printer is highly specialized for children. The part of the printer that a child would interact with is the software itself and as long as the software is easy to use and attractive then the printer will be one that children can enjoy to use no matter who makes the printer.

One benefit of the printers that are marketed towards children is that they allow you to print with more than one color plastic at a time to make multicolor final projects like the printers found on the right side of this page. As I stated earlier, these printers come at more of a price premium.  They are also useful for any 3D printing project that would benefit from a multicolor object; such as your kids making their own colorful toys or a 3D printer enabling your child to play with toys. 

The applications of a 3D printer are practically limitless. When I first started thinking of objects that could be 3D printed I thought hard and drew a blank. Think instead of any plastic object that is relatively small in size, such as a toddler basketball. There are people making frames for prescription glasses or sunglasses like the one in the article here.

It’s a new day in home printing, hopefully one that can enrich your life and the lives of those around you. May a 3D printer not be a tool to bring about a loss of manufacturing jobs, as some are worrying, but liberating technology to those in need and those wanting to detach themselves from corporate and big business. Many in the United States see 3D printing as a way to ditch their dependence on Chinese goods and labor, slave labor unfortunately. When all is said and done, have fun!

What Is 3D Printing?

Mendel 3D Printer Extruder

Mendel 3D Printer Extruder

Think of your printer at home. Most of us use our home printers to print documents. You open your text editing program such as Microsoft Word or Open Office Writer to view your document and then you choose the option to print that document so you can file it or share it physically. The document tells your printer what to print. If you pressed the print option below this post it would print the words that you are reading now along with any images.

A 3D printer uses a blueprint, your provide the printer the blueprint and it will print what the blueprint tells it to. The blueprint is a 3D printers “text document”. For example, If we selected the words, PRINTING THE FUTURE, to print on a regular home printer it would print those words on a sheet of paper. If we did so with a 3D printer, the blueprint would tell the printer how big to make each letter, how tall, the style of the font , and so on. If my 3D printer was using plastic as the material for printing instead of the traditional printer ink then we would get a physical representation of those words that would look something like this:


We would know have our slogan in red, plastic, 3 dimensional lettering that we can place on anything we want. This a simple task for a 3D printer, there are many complex tasks that many of the printers can perform as well. We hope you enjoy the world of 3D printers, thank you for allowing 3D print era to introduce you to it and keep you “in the know”.