What You Need to Know Before Buying a 3D Printer Online 61

What You Need to Know Before Buying a 3D Printer Online

This post was written by Stuart Ting, owner of Infinity 3D Printing.

So for the past few years you have been hearing about all the amazing things a 3D printer could do and you have now made a decision to buy one for yourself.

Great decision. But make it a well-informed one as well. So you know you have done all the research and have chosen the best 3D printer available in the market, that is also affordable, efficient and cost effective.

You have already made a list of things you would like to try with your new 3D printer and cannot wait to own one now. What we have done here is that we have created a list of things you should know before you buy a 3D printer online.

In the one world, you will find a large number of printers that vary in specifications and claim to cater for different requirements. Looking at the physical qualities is just not enough when it comes to making a buying decision, because there is a lot to know about their technical configuration.

Here is your quick guide to help you out with this:

The Top Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a 3D Printer.

Types of 3D printers and their technical configuration.

3D printer is actually an umbrella term used to cover different types of technologies that are used to print a variety of physical materials. Knowing about the technology will help determine the best type to suit your requirements.

  • Fused deposition modelling (FDM)

Most of the 3D printers you hear in the news belong to this category.

In case of an FDM printer, an additive process is used to heat and extrude plastic and add it layer by layer to produce the end product. FDM 3D printers are the most common type of 3D printers are widely available online.

Most of the commercial and industrial 3D printers also belong to this category.

  • Selective laser sintering (SLS)

In case of SLS 3D printers, the printing material is a powder instead of plastic. This type makes use of a laser beam to melt the powder and print required models.

With it you can print metal objects, so this is better if your requirement is to work with metals.

  • Stereo lithography

In this type of 3d printing as well, additive processing is used but using ultraviolet light instead of plastic or powder. An ultraviolet light beam is used to create a model from photosensitive liquid.

That is used for printing precise and high-quality models mostly used in industrial purposes.

Price of a 3D printer

One of the other factors that are equally important in choosing the right 3D printer online is its price range.

The price of a 3D printer is mostly directly proportional to its output quality.

If you are after a professional printer, the prices can go as high as $2000. But if you need something for your home to just explore the benefits and potential of printing, you can get one online for somewhere between $100 and $200.

So start with your need and then search online for all the available models along with their price ranges.

Raw material used in printing

3d printing mainly uses two types of materials to print models – acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and poly lactic acid (PLA).

Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, so study about them before you make a decision.

What is best for you to start is thinking about your end product or model and then deciding which material will suit your model better.

Most of the printers work with one or the other material. The ones compatible with both materials generally cost more. So it is best to start with your requirement and then invest in which 3D printer will meet your requirement in the most cost effective manner.

Speed of a 3D printer

Speed is another important feature you must not ignore when making a decision on a 3D printer.

To print objects and models that have intricate design and minute details, for your small printing business for instance, the speed of the printer will be low. To print simple models mostly for leisure purposes you can choose a 3D printer that offers high speed.

Some other feature worth considering

There is so much to 3D printing that the features of a 3D printer one must study properly before buying one are also endless.

You now know about the important ones above. Here is another list that will help you make a well-informed decision and buy a 3D printer online that will be best for your job, whether big or small.

  • Quality of the camera
  • The touch screen or the LCD interface
  • Wi-Fi or cloud connectivity
  • Software and apps that come with it
  • Its production volume.

Buying a 3D printer online is not an easy thing. But with this list you know what you need to consider when looking for the right one for your home or business.

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.