If you’ve only ever heard of 3D printing or your experience with the technology is limited, you might not know how it can fit into your life. In fact, you might not know why you need a 3D printer.
We’re flattered the Wall Street Journal recommended the MOD-t as your first 3D printer. And while we agree it’s great for toys, your 3D printing imagination can go beyond toys. You can use the MOD-t as a mini-factory, manufacturing designs you’ve found or created in an eco-friendly plastic. The MOD-t has a place in every aspect of your life.
So, everyday person, what does this mean for you?
It’s easy to understand why you need a 3D printer when you know about the endless possibilities you’ll have once you start printing.
3D printing gives you the convenience of custom, at-home manufacturing. The ever-growing online catalogs of ready-to-print 3D designs and the increasingly user-friendly design programs makes it easier, and more important, than ever to incorporate 3D printing into your life.
Think of all the times you needed just one little thing, like paperclips, a ruler, over-the-door hooks, name card holders, doorstops, but the store had already closed. MOD-t users can stop stressing, start printing, and in an hour or so, have what they need.
Or, think of the times you’ve ever needed something specific and couldn’t think of where to get it. Like specially-sized picture frames, drawer pulls, just one missing game piece. You can easily find these items as free design files online or on the New Matter Store.
Or, all of the times you wanted to make something of your own, like personalized medals for your child’s soccer team, a family ornament for the holidays, a shelving unit that perfectly fits all of your treasures.
What would I use a 3D printer for?
Think you’ll rarely find something to print? Think again.
You should check out design databases, like the New Matter Store and Thingiverse. There are thousands of designs in a variety of categories. From games, to kitchen gadgets, to up-cycling home hacks – 3D design marketplaces are brimming with printable designs.
If you need help sifting through the thousands of designs, check out these lists that feature some of the best of the 3D printing community.
- 30 Cool Things to 3D Print That Are Actually Useful
- 21 Useful Household Items You Can Make With a 3D Printer
- Over 100 3D Printing Projects for Your Home
- 16 Useful Things You Can Make With a 3D Printer
Once you feel comfortable with 3D printing, you can try your hand at designing, too. Learning to design is easy with programs like TinkerCAD. You, or your family, can sharpen critical thinking skills and express creativity through 3D design. Learning to design also opens opportunities for customization. Make family keepsakes, personalized gifts, or start an entrepreneurial venture. Try your hand at jewelry design, or craft the perfect birthday present. Just look at the value of 3D-printed art and gifts.
Schools can use 3D printers to engage students and make any lesson hands on. Just check out the plans one of our grant-winning schools has for the MOD-t. Teachers can print manipulatives, students can rapid-prototype design ideas, robotics clubs can build parts, and classrooms can explore a new dimension of creativity together.
Parents can encourage their kids to draw, craft, and build online – creating their own models and bringing them to life. Families can dream up ideas, work on the design together, and watch collaborative projects come to fruition.