Craftweeks: Mindset behind 3D Printing

Today most people are familiar with 3D printing. Indeed, it is a subject called Rapid Prototyping (RP) technology in academies or industries. Designers and engineers use RP technology to evaluate and rework their ideas. Such that they can shorten R&D cycles of physical goods.

A failure of a 3d-printed object
A failure of a 3d-printed object

Learn from FAILURES

Making prototypes faster and cheaper means that more chances for us to learn from the test failures and fix the mistakes before a product launch. The 3D printer is a great innovation. It helps you to keep focusing on the design problems. It saves your time and effort to learn about fabrication processes as well. But it doesn’t mean that you can become lazy and stupid. A tool is a tool. For example, the time may not be the time that you see on a clock. A 3D printer may not build an object as you’ve drawn. So, you should learn about the limitations and mechanisms to identify undesired outcome caused by the malfunctions of the devices. We are still in an era of development and prototyping of 3D printing technology. So, let’s share any bad experience in using 3D printers.

Calibration

Calibration is essential to ensure the printing accuracy. Well, sometimes a careless tuning gives you a surprising result. Most products are created by careful design and engineering. But don’t forget that there is even more amazing design in our nature, created by evolution. Good genes leave and bad genes die. Are you fixing and tuning your mind inside the case of your 3D printer, or designing and thinking outside the box?

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