3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects 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 created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of 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 machine.
3D printing enables you to produce complex (functional) shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods.
Prototype and experimental models
3D Printing is cheap and very effective solution for manufacturers or engineers making their prototypes or experimental products.
Cosplay and Props
Cosplay events, Halloween, Birthday Party or just some props for your own collection can be made with a 3d printer.
Home, Garden and other Tools
Sometimes when a part of your equipments can be broken off and there is no replacements. Or you need a specific tool for you home or garden in a specific size or shape it can be made with a 3d Printer.