3D printers create three dimensional objects that vary from parts models, tools and toys and many others from digital 3D files. The printing technology has been embraced in the various sectors and industries and for this reason the machines have become relatively popular and affordable. You can choose a small 3D printer for your home needs or bigger, more sophisticated models for commercial 3D printing or for industrial production purposes.
But considering that the market has become populated with the printers now, it is wise that you take all important factors into consideration so that you end up with a machine that meets your printing objectives. Below are some of the most important elements to think about when getting a printer for your three dimensional printing needs.
1. The printing technology
Not all printers use same printing technology. PJP or Plastic Jet Printing is the most popular printing technology and it involves creating the objects by layering a plastic material successively until the object is completely made. These layers are created by modeling software and formed by extruding plastic material in continuous length via a heated nozzle; the material hardens immediately after the extrusion. Think about the technology your printer uses and select accordingly.
2. The printing materials
When choosing a 3D printer, think about what materials, spools or filaments it is compatible with. There are various types of materials and truth is some machines use specific materials. The most major options you have include nylon, wood, resin, high impact polystyrene filament, stainless steel and resin. Check out the pros and cons of each of these materials and then ensure that your machine will actually accommodate the materials you are interested in for your type of 3D productions.
3. The printing attributes
Your requirements should guide you into the perfect printer in terms of performance attributes. When comparing the machines and the printer models in terms of attribute, think about print area or the build volume, printing speed, layer resolution and extruders. No one machine is completely similar to the next so make sure that you are buying one whose printing attributes actually meets with your specific requirements.
4. The machine features
The printers continue to become more and more sophisticated, most come with very interesting features designed to make the printing process easier and enjoyable. Some features that should matter when selecting a printer for your 3d needs include display and LCD, connectivity, assembling and additional features like camera, automatic material recognition and combined abilities, meaning you can use your one printer for copying, printing, faxing and even scanning. If you care about how your printer looks, then it would also be wise to consider the aesthetics.
5. The printing software
Most come with own 3D printing softwares, so you are able to rotate, scale and even resize the model as desired. The software also makes it possible to choose different printing settings like fill type and the layer thickness. You can however also consider modeling software to breathe life into your creation.