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Preparing Future 3D Designers

3D printers can assist in the preparation of future operators and designers who can make the next generation. To best exploit the capabilities of 3D printers, designers need to think differently. In addition to software tools, future designers can take advantage of 3D printed items to enhance their traditional lessons in their current settings, such as historical designs to capture interest in architecture and design even before concrete printers begin replacing traditional construction.

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Future designers of bio-printers can take advantage of today's 3D printers to prepare their designs before a living organism is needed for their research and development into tissue and organ replacements or advanced medical implants.

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Whether planning more complex designs or artistic arrangements, 3D printers can help to develop prototypes of new designs and ideas with rapidly corrected changes possible before distribution.

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Designers can create 3D objects from their electronic designs in a matter of hours, so that objects can be tested and adjusted to fit their users' preferences. Many times, they can be used to create specialized tools that replace costly commercial alternatives, illustrating the benefit of new manufacturing techniques.

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And, of course, 3D printers can allow designers to create their own 3D printers. The figure above shows assembling a variation of Richard Horne's 3DR printer fashioned using a 3D design variation shared by another 3D designer, John Socha-Leialoha.

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Color and design can be altered from a basic 3D model design to suit individual whim or purpose, while John's version allows the use of 8mm rods instead of the original 3DR's 6mm rods. This flexibility ensures that our future 3D designers will impress their own personalities upon everything they design as new 3D printers are developed!

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