For years, techies have talked about 3D printers as a tool of the future. Every day, we hear about new 3D printing innovations in practically every field, from medicine to design and to education.
But up until recently, only big businesses have been able to afford 3D printers. As a result, 3D printers have always seemed interesting, but a little intimidating — kind of like computers back in the 1960s, when they were as big as a car and looked like they might eat you. Nowadays, however, any household can get their hands on a 3D printer, and anyone can learn how to use one. Here are 5 reasons why every home should have a 3D printer.
1. A 3D printer will save you money:
Say goodbye to forking out cash for everyday items like phone cases and shower curtain rings. With a 3D printer, all of these items are just a click away. You just need to download the right modelling software, and then almost any household appliance is within your grasp. Seriously. This saves you the hassle of going to the shops, and it’s quicker than ordering anything online. For a bit of inspiration, take a look at some of these cool 3D-printed household items.
2. 3D Printers can be a source of income:
This one takes a little bit of practice, but if you stick with 3D printing and gain some know-how, you could easily find yourself making some pocket money by processing print jobs for other people. Some highly specialized parts can be hard to find in South Africa, so 3D printing them is sometimes the cheapest way to get ahold of one. With your printer, you could help out your friends, all while making a bit of cash on the side.
3. A 3D printer can help your children learn:
A 3D printer’s best use might be as an educational tool. You can use them to create puzzles and games for your child, or physical representations of tough concepts. 3D printers can expand your child’s creativity too — or even just make their science homework a little less boring.
4. 3D printing is more environmentally-friendly:
With 3D printing, you use only the material you need. No plastic is wasted. If you mess up a print on the first try, you can even reuse the same plastic next time. And, since you can create things right in your living room, you don’t need to transport it anywhere, so there are no unnecessary fuel emissions. On top of all that, new organic printing materials have recently come onto the market. So, you can create cool gizmos and gadgets, all while being kind to the planet. Plus, if you’ve ever wondered what a toy dinosaur made of coffee and hemp would look like, now’s your chance to find out.
5. 3D printers are fun!
Even ignoring all the other benefits, 3D printing is just a great hobby. It involves a good balance of creativity and problem-solving, self-expression and teamwork. It can be a cool project to work on when you want some alone time or a great bonding activity for the whole family. The possibilities really are endless. Sure, they take some getting used to, but 3D printers are the future. A lot of people were sceptical of computers in the 1960s but look at us today. Maybe the best reason your home should have a 3D printer is that, pretty soon, every household already will.