All Too Common 3D Printing Misconceptions
Posted on March 17 2017
1. "3D printing is effortless!"
Sadly, 3D printing is not effortless. Sure, there are times when prints come out so easily and perfect that the process can seem like a turn key operation. There are other times when your model can come out looking like a plastic yarn ball. Don’t be discouraged even the most skilled users end up with a failed print from time to time. Anything from damp filament to a less than sticky enough surface can cause these prints to go awry. Another common misconception is that once your project is done printing you're all set. Though some printers do output smooth, flawless models other printers require “finishing” that could take longer than the print process itself. When it comes to “finishing” a model or prototype, be prepared to have tools such as sandpaper, scrapers, knives, and noxious solutions handy.
2. "3D Printing is Only for Prototyping"
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Prototyping parts can be one of the most time-consuming parts of manufacturing a new product. Between the cost incurred in the prototyping process and the time lost while waiting for a prototype to return, this process can take weeks and end up being quite costly. With a 3D printer, companies can design a prototype and print them in the same day. Yes, this is revolutionary, but no it doesn’t mean that 3D printing will take over the manufacturing industry at least not in the near future.