|LulzBot Taz 5||Ultimaker 2 Extended|
|FDM - Fused Deposition Modeling||FDM - Fused Deposition Modeling|
|~12" x 11" x 10"||9" x 9" x 12"|
|3.00mm PLA/ABS||3.00mm PLA/ABS|
|Single (Option to Upgrade)||Single|
|GET IT ON AMAZON||GET IT ON AMAZON|
While 3D printing and 3D scanning are becoming more and more common, as well as less and less expensive, there’s still a very real challenge to get this technology into the classroom. Ensuring that students are able to get hands-on experience with 3D printing technology is essential, though, and many companies have gotten in on the act.
HP is the latest to do so, not with a printer, but with a new PC that makes 3D scanning easy.
If you compare the various 3D printers available on the market today and you’ll find a few things are true across the board. They all need filaments.
They also all need power. That makes using them a challenge in many developing communities where access to reliable electricity is sketchy at best.
A new solution is on the way, though. An open source 3D printing system that relies on solar power might be just the thing to help these communities benefit from 3D printing technology.
You only need to look at the number of 3D printers on the market today to realize that this technology has exploded. It’s been adopted by NASA, by automakers, the aerospace industry, and more and more makers are getting into the act as well.
To support all these dissimilar needs, a lot of different filament types are required. While there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, out there, three more are set to debut from Extrudr.
It seems like there’s another medical breakthrough using 3D printing almost every week. We’ve seen sternums rebuilt with this technology, and prosthetics developed that offer lower costs and greater utility.
Now, a woman in Virginia has been able to prevent having her leg amputated thanks to a 3D printed bone implant. It’s just one more way that 3D printing is helping us live healthier, happier lives.