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Thursday 20 of January 2022

Are 3D Printers Worth the Hype?


A photo of a typical 3D printing set-up,photo: Wikimedia
A photo of a typical 3D printing set-up,photo: Wikimedia
Are 3D printers truly worth the hype? Or is better to wait and see?

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3D printers are a luxury, yes they are more readily available than they used to be but they are still pretty much a luxury. Maybe in a few years they’ll be affordable and available everywhere but for now they’re still pretty much delegated to a particular section. A regular everyday Joe probably doesn’t have as much of a need for a 3D printer in the way an artist does. Here at the News we’ll explore what 3D printers have to offer and also why they’re not quite perfect yet.

Price: This is clearly the obvious problem. The cheapest and most beginner friendly one still goes for around $500 or $600, which isn’t exactly an amount people just have lying around. What happens if it breaks? Since 3D printers aren’t everywhere just yet, it might be problematic to find a repair (and that’s probably going to cost you a pretty penny as well). They are on the rise and we know technology is always changing, so if you truly want to make an investment, make sure it’s not going to be obsolete in a few months.

Ability to use: Maybe money is not a problem for you, maybe you can drop an endless amount on something like a 3D printer, but do you know how to use it? If you’re going to make an investment in something like this, it’s always good to know how to use it. Here’s the thing. Other than artists, designers and people truly interested in the technology, no one knows quite how the printers work. Sadly they’re not yet at that approachable stage where you can read a few guidelines and know everything you need to know. You will have to dedicate long periods of time to learn how to get it to work.

The ability to print figurines of your favorite characters will be quite fun once all the kinks are sorted out. 3D printers are amazing, but they’re kind of not worth the price tag just yet. In the mean time, it’s probably better to wait. After all, good things come to those that wait.