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The Future of 3D Priniting

3D Printing

It seems like ages when the first PC printers appeared in the market. At that time, users were extremely happy with how these printers performed – they were satisfied even with the ninepin print that wasn’t sharp at all. However, things have changed today and printers have evolved dramatically. With this evolution, people are no longer prepared to stay content with good quality prints – and that’s what inspired companies to come up with 3D printers, which promise to start an industrial revolution of customized and homemade products.

Most 3-dimensional printers operate by threading spools of plastic filament onto a highly heated nozzle that in return produces liquid plastic and throws it onto a surface, layer by layer – it keeps working this way until it forms an object. The thing is that this form of printing is not new and is actually inspired from additive manufacturing where you create an object using layers. Nevertheless, it has become increasingly popular in the recent years, which is mainly due to the availability of new techniques, materials, and consumer-friendly price points.

After this concept and technique becoming so popular, people are asking about its potential. The most passionate 3-dimensional printing evangelists have already created so much, but most of they only have dull-as-nails examples, such as dimmer switches, dishwasher knobs, replacement parts for laundry carts, and so on. Is that all you’re going to see in the near future?  Probably not.

It is true that right now 3D printing is more about the technology’s potential than anything else, but it definitely can become a lifestyle in future. No one would have imagined that modern manufacturing would not rely on a factory – that’s the wonders of 3D printing. Many hackerspaces now offer 3D printers for us, and it is also possible to find them in libraries around the country. With its easy availability and coaching help, more and more people are going to use 3D printers, which will help this technology being used in different ways.

The fact of the matter is that future holds a lot for 3D printing, and with every new printed object hitting the world, the chances are that there soon will be a time when you can “print out’ objects like clothing, furniture, human tissues, and huge buildings. After NASA investing in technology to print food, we must say the possibilities are staggering.

Article written by Steven Longsdale

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Fun Ideas For Printing

Even if you don’t have a 3D printer at hand, you can still use your regular printer for fun. While it is true that a 3D printer can really put your creative skills you use, there is a lot you can do with your regular home printer. In fact, if you haven’t been using this ‘unloved’ piece of tech for quite a while, you better rescue it from the dusty corner of your study because we have some inspirational ideas that will make using your printer a lot of fun.

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  • Are you going to throw a party very soon? If that’s the case, you can use your printer to create poster-sized prints. You can even create large banners to decorate the party venue. For this, you will have to learn a thing or two about multi-page poster printing. It’s not that difficult. It requires you to divide a large picture in several smaller paper-sized parts and then print them one by one. Once you have all these small pieces with you, simply combine them to create a large banner. To make things easier, you can also use certain software and programs that help split an image into several smaller sheets

 

  • For all the younger folks trying to find an activity during the school holidays, it is a great idea to use your printer and develop some activities and games to keep your young angles from rioting around the house. If you have a wi-fi enabled printer, it will become even easier to access online services to print out charter masks, coloring-in pages, board games, and much more.

 

  • One of the most popular fun ways of using your printer is to create greetings cards. Now, you don’t have to go shopping for the most lovely greetings card for someone you love, like, or admire. With a printer at home, you no longer need to rely on overly sentimental and cheesy cards – you can simply use templates online and print those cards with ease. To make things even impressive, use a special greetings card paper that has matte finish on one side and gloss on the other.

 

So, don’t underestimate the powers of your printer. You just need to learn how to use it to understand how useful it is.

Article written by Steven Longsdale

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Inkjet Printer vs Laser/Toner Printer

It is easy to find a range of Inkjet, laser, and multifunction printers to make a choice. The problem is that when it comes to making a choice between a laser and an Inkjet printer, most people find them in serious confusion. The simple way out is to determine your needs first and then compare it with the capabilities/features of these printers.

It is worth mentioning that both laser and Inkjet printers have their pros and cons that you should know before finalizing a purchase.

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Pros and Cons of Inkjet Printers

The Inkjet printer produces prints simply by spraying variable size ink droplets on your printing paper. Due to the simple working process, it can print on several types of paper, including high-end glossy photograph paper, cheap office paper, and so on. With these printers, you don’t have to wait before printing, as the warm-up time is little to none. It is possible to refill your ink cartridges and use them again – it saves you a lot of money in the process.

On the downside, the prints you get from an Inkjet printer are susceptible to fading and water-damage – that’s mainly because the ink is water-based and may not last long. Moreover, you may have to clean your ink cartridges on a regular basis –an aspect that makes laser printers more popular. Above all, you may have to spend a lot of money to buy a brand new inkjet cartridge.

Pros and Cons of Laser Printers

Unlike an Inkjet printer, laser printers develop the image of your document onto an electrically charged printing drum. The printer uses dry ink to spray the image – the ink or toner then sticks to the charged area, and as the drum rolls over your paper, it produces a crispy printout.  The best thing about these printers is that they can process an image at a fast pace, which is why they have a better print per page ratio as compared to inkjet printers.

However, you will have to notice a delay in the initial printing startup time because these printers take a bit of a time to warm up. Moreover, the difference in inkjet cartridges and toner is quite huge with toner being the more expensive option.

It all boils down to the fact that both inkjet and laser printers have their advantages and disadvantages. To make a right choice, you need to consider how often you’re going to use your printer and for how many pages. For simple day-to-day printing, try Inkjet printers. If you’re a serious printer user, try a laser printer – it prints quickly and is a better choice considering the overall printing cost.

Article Written By Steven Longsdale
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