Today’s post is slightly different from my usual posts but I’m really excited to share it with you so I hope you don’t mind…
When the people at CGTrader got in touch with me and asked if I would like to participate in their ‘design for the future’ blogging contest, I was pretty excited to talk about the world of 3D printing…
If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen some of the images that I posted of the things that Matt has printed off using his 3D printer.
I’ll be honest, when he first told me that he was purchasing one I literally didn’t see the point. But as soon as he printed the first thing off; I was obsessed. The boat featured below was the first thing that was printed off as it’s supposed to be a sort of ‘initiation’ into the world of 3D printing.
Since then, Matt has printed numerous models off, including Big Ben, the Empire State Building and the Hungarian Parliament Building. We’re aiming to build a skyline featuring all of the famous landmarks of the places that we’ve been together. I’m still waiting for my trip to Paris so we can print the Eiffel Tower off…
You can find the 3D printer that Matt has here.
With regards to the future of 3D printing, do I think it will take off? Well, like I said before, I was pretty sceptical at first but after doing some research, (and hearing Matt talk about it so passionately) I’ve come to the conclusion that there may be a future for 3D printing after all.
There are so many endless possibilities of the things that you can print out, not just ‘pretty’ things like buildings and models but practical items too. Matt printed off the wallet below and it’s lasted him such a long time. The design is practical, yet stylish and with a quick spray of shiny black paint, it almost looks like he bought it straight from the shop.
One downside to 3D printing that I have discovered is that it can take a little while for things to actually be produced. For example, the Hungarian Parliament Building took eight hours to print off which can be considered to be quite an inconvenience. However, as 3D printing is currently considered more of a hobby than an actual practical activity, it doesn’t make too much difference if you’re printing items off within the confides of your bedroom or study. I think that once 3D printing officially takes off, as technology advances more, then it will be easier and quicker to produce items yourself.
Matt printed off the dog above and then painted it with white paint to give it a more realistic look; I think it looks so amazing considering it was made at home!
There are many forums where you can find objects to print off such as Thingiverse and 3D Warehouse, but you can also make your own design for a more original spin on things. Personally, I think that 3D printing is an excellent hobby (albeit a potentially slightly expensive one depending on which 3D printer you choose to purchase) and I believe that one day, possibly in the not so distant future, that 3D printing will be something off a norm in many households.
The ability to produce something so wonderfully creative and quirky in your own home is both equally exciting and practical. Need a last minute Father’s Day gift? Simply print off a wallet for your dad. Has your brother become obsessed with the fidget spinner trend? Just print him one off and put the ball bearings in yourself.
What do you think of 3D printing? Do you think that there’s a future for it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.
*This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organised by CGTrader; it is not a sponsored post and all love of 3D printing is entirely my own. You can also purchase 3D printing designs on CGTrader.