HAVING TROUBLE WITH PRINTERS ?
“It’s called a pen. It’s like a printer,Hooked straight to my brain.”
– Dale dauten
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Goldsmith and inventor Johannes Gutenberg was a political exile from Mainz, Germany when he began experimenting with printing in Strasbourg, France in 1440. He returned to Mainz several years later and by 1450, had a printing machine perfected and ready to use commercially: The Gutenberg press
future of printing
Printing technology is constantly evolving. Many technologies are already in development such as photonic printing and conductive inks. Photonics, which is the physical science of light, is used by innovators to develop invisible photonic printing techniques. This can be used for the fight against counterfeiting or for watermarking documents. Conductive inks could change the way printing is used for communication. Currently using nanoparticles, these inks are essentially circuits that connect paper to the digital world. For example, a poster might have a touch screen.
3 D Printer
3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.
The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced cross-section of the object.
3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out / hollowing out a piece of metal or plastic with for instance a milling machine.
3D printing enables you to produce complex shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods.
3 D Software
There are many different software tools available. From industrial grade to open source. We’ve created an overview on our 3D software page.
We often recommend beginners to start with Tinkercad. Tinkercad is free and works in your browser, you don’t have to install it on your computer. Tinkercad offers beginner lessons and has a built-in feature to export your model as a printable file e.g .STL or .OBJ.
Now that you have a printable file, the next step is to prepare it for your 3D printer. This is called slicing.
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