Hi, This is Ms. Salerno at Putnam Elementary School. I was surfing for a place to get the tech club designs printed and found your sight lol. I see your posts are a year old....so if you are still operating let me know :)
As you can imagine building your own 3d printer results in some bumps along the way. I have run into many problems with my printer but so far I have fixed all of them so if you’ve run into your own road block feel free to ask for some advice below.
3D printing is the process of making three dimensional solid objects (usually plastic) from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is completed. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal line on the eventual object. 3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out / hollowing out a piece of metal or plastic with, for instance, a milling or CNC machine. 3D printing enables you to produce complex, functional, shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods. As an added plus the plastic most commonly used in 3D printing, PLA, is biodegradable and derived from corn. Please post any questions you may have below.