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Mistake 1: Go cheap. Cheap papers like bond and other non-coated papers are not made to hold ink. The results speak for themselves, they are awful. Some non-coated water color paper may work well with inkjet printers but not nearly as well as comparable coated water color papers. Calculated by the square foot, the best paper for your print may only increase the price of your print by $.25 and even the most expensive of papers by a $1.00 to $2.00. That is a small price to pay for showing off your work at its best.

If building imaginary houses using 3D software is a passion of yours, you can actually go a step further than just dragging your mouse to build walls in games like The Sims. You can get yourself a 3D, draw your house using simple CAD software and then print it out. You can have an actual 3D model of a house of your own creation.

This technology is pretty cool if you ask me! It has been used for quite a few years within the prototyping industry, engineering industries, product development industries, and concept idea development. There is a large variety of applications for this technology. 3D printing can work as long as someone is willing to create a 3D file on the computer as a blueprint. If that can be filled, pretty much anything can be created. Let me highlight one industry that is miraculously affected by the 3D printing industry.

Specifically, let’s talk about purchasing electronics, such as a printer. In all honesty, some of the cheapest 3d printer to own as well as the cheapest computers and mp3 players to own can be great for a long time. This is more related to their value, a concept I will talk about soon. But first, let’s talk about price.

How much use the printer will see is also an important factor. A laser printer used by everybody in a large busy office will need to be more robust and capable, than an inkjet printer used just for printing a handful of invoices once a month.

I saved the best for last! If this works, it is your best option, but you might have to do a little bit of internet research on your specific printer. What the printing companies don’t want you to know is that there is usually a way to configure your printer such that you are able to reset the chip memory. In some cases, you can completely disable the printer’s use of the chip. Getting back to my HP 1500 Color LaserJet, I was able to do this by holding down the big green button for 20 seconds when the power is turned on. On this printer, this causes what is known as a “hard reset” of all internal memory settings. Whereas I should have been forced to replace all of my toner and the drum, I have now been printing for months in normal operation without a glitch and with no error messages!

Stereolithography (SLA) is the most common method of 3D printing. The reason that it is so popular is that it is both fast and accurate. A 3D printer utilizes high-tech SLA machinery to create durable resin models that can be used for patterns or even masters. These models are created with stunning accuracy from CAD (computer-aided design) files, and the level of detail that they contain is up to you. A simple model can be finished in as little as one day. It is truly incredible what technology has made possible in the field of model rendering and prototypes.

It sounds very simple, but not many people thought of that, just like most of the greatest ideas. The ability of automatized machines to create 3D objects out of 3D digital models is not new of course. There are many CNC devices that carves into metal for mechanical precision tasks, but nothing like this 3D printer. About accuracy, CNC is still the king but this 3D printing technology is just starting.