How to get and use designs for 3D printing?


As the price of 3D printers for home use continue to decrease, I am thinking of getting one. I don’t really have any serious need for it, but I would like to learn more about 3D printing. Plus, to be honest, I’d like to have a new “toy” to play around with. I had a little experience with mechanical drafting years ago, but I don’t know how much that will help with 3D printing. Is it easy to get designs for printing 3D objects, and will those work “out of the box” or does it require a high degree of technical expertise?

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Amazon has opened a 3D store with 3DLT, so you can get patterns for 3D printed bracelets, skulls, “dawg” sculptures. You do have to pay for the downloadable patterns, by the way, and they aren’t cheap. A Galaxy S3 case pattern will cost you $61, for instance. I haven’t tried printing any of these out for one simple reason - I don’t have a 3D printer at home. However, I have played around with a friends, and it did require some effort to print things out. Sometimes we would get really messed up blobs, but to be fair, this could be because he has an older model of printer or because it was early in his learning curve. Anyway, here is the link to the Amazon 3D store if you would like to have a look.

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