© Joan Horvath, Rich Cameron 2018
Joan Horvath and Rich CameronMastering 3D Printing in the Classroom, Library, and Labhttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-3501-0_1

1. Why Use a 3D Printer?

Joan Horvath1  and Rich Cameron1
Nonscriptum LLC, Pasadena, CA, USA

In the last five years, 3D printing has gone from a technology hyped as capable of solving any problem to one of disillusionment as people realized it took more expertise than some advertisements implied. Now machines are getting both easier to use and more powerful, and there is a creative explosion in both printer technology and applications. But we are still not quite at the point of clicking Print without any thought on the user’s part.

In this book, we attempt to give you a clear-eyed view ...

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