In a firsthand experience with 3D printing, engineering student Adam Beachy shares what he learned and what everyone should know about these machines.
The 3D printing experience for a consumer is one which will come with many different viewpoints and opinions. I was introduced to the 3D printing world around 10 months ago after purchasing my first 3D printer. My experience has been nothing short of a whirlwind. Like many other engineers I was intrigued by the idea of being able to design something and then have it created right in front of my eyes. The idea of actually owning my own 3D printer seemed outrageous and out of my budget. As I began to learn more about 3D printers, I soon realized there was a whole market of consumer printers available for a relatively low price. This is when I began to realize I might actually get the chance to own a 3D printer.