3-D printers are becoming increasingly affordable and still greater creativity is going into developing increasing types of products. So if you’re seeking a livelihood in a growing industry or wanting to change of careers, table top manufacturing can be on your list of possibilities.
The characteristics of people most apt to do well in this field are persistence in producing results, a preference for hands-on tasks, enjoyment of using technology, a facility for finding what people need, creating solutions, and a determination to make sure things come out right.
The focus on this blog is an introduction to the equipment that is now available and what it costs so that you can factor these costs into determining if this livelihood is for you. Keep in mind that small business loans are available to help finance a well-thought out business concept. In addition, some companies offer financing.
While the type of 3-D printers corporations like Ford and Boeing are using cost over $100,000, the range of printers range from kits suitable for a trial to fully working systems.
An alternative avenue into this field is using scanner, such as the Photon 3D Scanner ($599 from ) to scan an object, then use someone’s else’s 3D printer to actually produce the products you scan. Quoting from Photon’s site, a scanner “isn’t just for 3D Printers, it’s the best tool for 3D animators, designers, hobbyists, prototypers, engineers, or anyone in the business of 3D creation. It’s perfect for reverse engineering, prototype development, duplicating objects, modifying existing products, archiving, generating content for video games, experimenting and so much more. Scan models, tweak them or combine them. The options are endless.”
You can learn more from 3D Printer Buyers Guide to learn “h
ow 3D printer products differ; what terminology is being used (to ensure an accurate vendor-to-vendor comparison); and how to quantify initial and long term costs.” You will find the catalog at ZCorp.com.
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