3D Printing

  • Machines

    Here at buy3dprinters.co.uk we keep our eyes peeled for all the latest developments in the fast-moving world of 3D printing. Our selection of UK 3D printers is constantly updated with the very latest models available.

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  • Software

    Unless you're planning to download all your 3D print models, you'll need 3D printing software, which allows you to deign, refine and print your very own creations.

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  • Downloads

    Getting hold of a 3D printer is only the start of the 3D printing adventure. Next you'll need some designs to print. But if you don't want to make your own, what can you do?

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  • Costs

    The legendary sci-fi author Arthur C Clarke once observed that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. With its ability to create useful objects from powdered plastic or ceramics, 3D printing certainly appears magical, but what about the costs?

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  • Latest Blog Post

    Things to consider when 3d printing.

    May 21, 2015   /   No Comments   /   Written by Buy 3D

    What do I need to know when 3d printing

    There are several things to consider when it comes to 3d printing. From which printer to buy, which materials to use and how to design something.
    There are numerous printers available starting from around £350 and rising to over £1000. If you are a newcomer to the world of 3d printing then a basic home 3d printer will probably be enough to enjoy some simple 3d printing.

    Different materials for 3d printing

    There are 2 types of common material used for printing. ABS is a petroleum based plastic that is very robust but can give off toxic fumes when it is being used. PLA by contrast is a bio degradable printing material made from corn starch which is enviromentally friendly. It has a lower melting point and is less robust

    Safety concerns when 3d printing

    The most important thing to consider when 3d printing is staying safe. Certain elements of the printer can reach very high temperatures and ABS plactic can give off toxic fumes so should be used in a well ventilated area. Take care when using 3d printers and never let small children near them when in use.

    3d printing design considerations

    The final thing to consider is designing your 3d objects. Sometimes small errors in your computer design can give the printer problems which can end up with your finished product not looking the way you intended. Modelling on a computer can take a lot of practise and for anyone in a hurry to get started there a re websites that offer ready built designs. If you want to design your own be suire that all edges join up completely, in other words the object should be water tight. Equally make sure that your object does not have any internal edges or curves. This can be hard to spot but will certainly cause problems for the printer. There are programs which can help you check for internal geometry.
    In general 3d printing is amazing and very fun but there are many things to consider when 3d printing at home. Experiment and you will become an expert in no time.