People’s creativity with usage of 3D printers have exceed to the level of it being understood as strange. There have already been different strange things that people have printed with a three dimensional printer. These strange things are in different categories.
The future of 3D printing can be predicted, but if the predictions will be accurate in the future is a different story. There are some additive manufacturing advocates that have predicted that the technology that has been developed will be changing the commerce nature.
Understanding the difference between common standard printers and a 3D printer is best with knowing what each of them were, before comparing them.
3D printer is out of reach for most people, because it has been very expensive. The printer has been costing more than $2000. However, there have been consideration about how to decrease the price to under $2000. How many people the 3D printer reaches is about to increases, because there have been limitation about where the printers can be purchased, which are at specialist stores and online-shops. However, it is now possible to buy one for at least $500, which is for the kind that is pre-assembled. The price varies from model to model.
It is not about what a 3D printer can print, but about what it can make. 3D printer is known for making objects out of thin air, using hundreds of materials.
The best thing with it is that whatever can be drawn, can also be made. Most items can be made with it. However, if the object is complicated, then it should rather be done by professionals. That should not stop someone who wants to learn how to make complicated objects from attempting to make them.
3D Printing is about turning a simple object that has been created with 3D modeling and CAD into something that can be touched, shown and presented to for instance investors. The things that are printable (makeable) in 2D can also be made in 3D, since technology that is capable of it is already existing.
It is possible to print anything with 3D printer, and using an existing template. The manufacturers are capable of providing templates about where it is possible to print even a broken part of a machinery.
What can be made with 3D printer is only limited with the imagination, and capabilities. If it is imagined, and designed with a 3D software, then it can be made with a 3D printer.