Where can I buy a 3D printer? (and should you…) If you’ve ever thought about getting into 3D printing, you’ve probably considered whether you should buy your own 3d printer, or whether it would be better to outsource your work to a professional 3d printing service (like us here at Jcad!). There are lots of things to take into consideration when working through this decision: whether 3d printing is going to be a hobby or a business

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Explaining the 3D Printing Process 3D printing has taken the conventional concept of 2D printing and introduced a new horizon of opportunities in different sectors. What is 3D printing? 3D printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing is a procedure of making three-dimensional products by translating a digital CAD file into a printed product. A 3D printed article is produced using additive forms. In the additive method, an object is built by laying down progressive sheets of

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What is 3D character modeling?   It’s hard to imagine that a little more than two decades ago movie special effects depicting characters like dragons, griffins and other fanciful creatures were all done through makeup special effects, hand drawn animation overlays (think Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and stop motion claymation type sequences. How times have changed though. Thanks to 3d rendering software, movie special effects have progressed in leaps and bounds, to the point where we often can’t even

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How to patent an invention or idea So you’ve come up with a brilliant product idea, something completely new that no-one has ever thought of before. You want to get it out to the world, but you’re worried someone will steal your idea, pass it off as their own and make millions out of it instead of you. This is where the patent application process comes in. Once you know how to file a patent application,

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How Much Does a 3D Printing Service Cost? Looking for a cheap 3d printing service? Trust us when we say that it’s better to go with affordable than cheap. Cheap can end up costing you more in the long run as low quality 3d printers will mean your printed products will break down quickly and need to be replaced sooner. While good quality printing can be more expensive initially, it pays off dividends in the long

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How to Make Plastic Molds In order to mass produce your product or part you’re going to need a mold. While hobbyists can make their own molds on a small scale, in order to mass produce your product you will need to outsource your mold making and manufacturing to companies specialising in mass production. If you’re unsure about whether you need a plastic mold, or one made from a different material please get in touch and

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Best Free 3D Modeling Software Preparing a flawless 3D design of your desired product is the very first step in the 3D printing process. For this to happen, you need the help of 3D modeling software (or even better yet, a CAD artist like those on the JCAD team with hundreds or thousands of hours using 3D modeling programs under their belt). If you want to try and do it yourself, 3D modeling software has plenty

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What is an STL File and What is it Used For? For almost 3 decades, STL files have provided a bridge for the gap between 3D printers and 3D CAD designs. STLs are a standard file format in the 3D printing industry. 3D printers were designed to accept the way STL files are formatted and these files make it possible for them to slice up an object design into 2D layers ready for printing, and

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What Can I Make With a 3D Printer? The easy answer to “what can you make with a 3D printer” is almost anything you can think of! From replacement hip joints to 3D printed concrete houses the possibilities are endless. However, that doesn’t really provide you with a clear understanding of the power 3D printers have. The truth is that just about anything you can print in 2D can be printed in 3D. In fact, here

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A prototype is a design tool used in the development of a new product, a physical model of what the future product idea will be. Some prototypes are rough drafts, others are trials of the final version. When designing a new product, if an individual wants to make his/her drawing more detailed, a prototype will help substantially, as they will allow you to notice any design flaws that might not be obvious on paper. The central objective

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