3D Printing Technology
3D printing - a wonderful piece of technology I heavily utilise during all design developments.
During the 3rd year of my Industrial Design degree, I had the opportunity to build a 3D printer as part of a group assignment. This included the construction of the machines structure and electronics system; calibration of the device and trail printing. The task was to print objects as accurately as possible, while gaining an in depth understanding of how FDM 3D printers operate.
In mid-2014, I purchased my own desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation) pictured on this page. I used this mainly to assist with the design process of my Honours project - The MODU head protection system. I was able to translate my ideas from sketches to 3D CAD, to a physical 3D form right on my desktop/workbench.
Having access to this technology provides me with the ability to properly examine any design in its true physical form, thus gaining a greater understanding of the design process and honing my design skills.