Rapid Prototyping is a 3D printing process, during which high-quality three-dimensional layouts are created to visualize designs and make it easier to see what works and not in specific designs. This is much faster and cheaper than before the technology became available. There are a number of 3D printer technologies available and each of them has its own characteristics.
This technology involves the creation of 3D parts in layers, with each layer involves heating the consumable material, which is extruded through a nozzle with a hole of a certain diameter. Plastics are used for printing, but metal and even chocolate are possible. This method of prototyping is characterized by low speed, relatively low resolution, problems with fixing elements on the working surface. On the other hand, FDM is popular due to the low cost of filament, which is a significant advantage for FDM 3D printing. The most commonly used filament types are PLA (Polylactic acid), ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), and PETG (Polyethylene terephthalate) which each has their own advantages and disadvantages. There's a lot of other types of plastics used as well, like different types of flexibles, PEEK, Nylon and so on.
The Creality Ender 3 came as a shock to the 3d printing community, and the reason is this: For a sub $200 3D printer it's shockingly impressive!
But as we know, it's possible to improve on everything.
Check out our list of the 20 best Creality Ender 3 upgrades and modifications to make the excellent 3D printer even better.
There are lots of cool upgrades and mods for the Creality Ender 3, that can improve this printer. Eventhough it hasn't been out for that long, there's lots of designs you can print on Thingiverse for instance, or you could buy cheap upgrades online, from our favourites Amazon or Aliexpress for instance.
We've divided this article into two sections: The best Creality Ender 3 upgrades you can buy, and upgrades to print.
We'll add to this list as more upgrades show up in the market. Have we missed anything good? Comment below, and we'll have a look. 🙂