3D Printing and Its Benefits

By Andrew Janigian

Have you ever wished for an object? Well, Dr. Kodama granted many people this wish when he created the first ever 3D printer in 1980. Hello, my name is Andrew Janigian, and I am here today to talk about 3D printing, its benefits, and its effect on society. If you do not know, 3D printing is the process of melting strands of plastic, called filament, and using that melted plastic to create 3D objects. I feel that everyone could benefit from having 3D printers, in schools, at home, and at work.

3D printing would be great in schools because it could be used to make educational objects. For example, my 6th grade teacher, Ms.Barr had us make Egyptian masks. If we had a class 3D printer, we would be able to see what a finished mask would look like, which would help our design. Another example is when we went to the King Tut exhibit in L.A. I feel that it would have greatly added to the experience if we could feel and use 3D printed models of the artifacts. We could also reuse those objects for future years. If they break, just print some more.

Another place I feel would benefit from 3D printers are homes. I think that being able to 3D print your own toys and gadgets would greatly help families that don’t want to spend $60.00 on the newest lego set. It would also be convenient to print items like pencil holders, paper clips, and even cellphone cases. 3D printers have also never been this cheap, the most inexpensive being $100.00. Within 1 year, you will save double that.

The final place I think 3D printers would be helpful is in the workplace. Manufacturing companies can 3D print prototype models of their products, and see how to improve them. This will save companies money, by working through problems prior to mass production. In addition, the medical industry is currently 3D printing functioning prosthetic limbs that cost less than $15.00 to make. All of these advances are changing lives for the better.

3D printing is growing in popularity at a rapid pace. In time, these wishes might soon become norms. 


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