In this section we will cover an introduction to 3D printing technology and you will get started with your first 3D print.
3D printing is an additive manufacturing technology that allows for the creation of physical objects from digital designs. It works by layering material, typically plastic, to build up a three-dimensional object. The process starts with creating a 3D model using computer-aided design (CAD) software, using a slicer-software to slice the 3D-model into its individual layers and then sending the file to the 3D printer where it is brought to life through the layering process, which is similar to using a hot glue gun. This technology is about to revolutionize the way products are designed and manufactured, providing new opportunities for innovation and customization. It also offers many benefits, including faster prototyping, reduced waste, and the ability to produce complex and intricate designs that would be difficult or impossible to produce through traditional manufacturing methods. You will learn the basics about this in this lesson.
In this section we will deep dive into the topic of sustainability. Our first focus is on why is sustainability important at all. After that we look at different ways in which 3D printing itself can contribute to a more sustainable future.