• Ashleigh Graves

3D Printing and all the JAzz

Updated: Dec 23, 2020

What is 3D Printing?

"3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The FDM technology works using a plastic filament or metal wire which is unwound from a coil and supplying material to an extrusion nozzle which can turn the flow on and off. The nozzle is heated to melt the material and can be moved in both horizontal and vertical directions by a numerically controlled mechanism, directly controlled by a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software package. The object is produced by extruding melted material to form layers as the material hardens immediately after extrusion from the nozzle. This technology is most widely used with two plastic 3D printer filament types: ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and PLA (Polylactic acid). Though many other materials are available ranging in properties from wood fill to flexible and even conductive materials."

FDM was invented by Scott Crump in the late 80’s. After patenting this technology he started the company Stratasys in 1988. The term Fused Deposition Modeling and its abbreviation to FDM are trademarked by Stratasys Inc.

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What is a 3D Printer?

Lots of people think a 3D Printer is too expensive to own one in your home! That's not the case. These are fairly cheap if you are looking for a new hobby or to even start your own business! You can find 3D printers on Amazon, but we recommend doing your research to find the printer that works best for you. We have two styles of printers pictured above: Creality Ender 3 Pro are the two printers on the outside, GEETECH A20M is the printer in the middle. We have these for our specific purposes but there are printers that would work perfect for an at home hobby, like the Prusa Mini.

What is PLA?

PLA (poly lactic acid): PLA is a bio-degradable type of plastic that is manufactured out of plant-based resources such as corn starch or sugar cane. This is why it is called ‘the green plastic’. Be sure to throw it in a filament recycler and you’re as green as can be. It’s widely used for packaging, such as food products, but of course you can also use it to print!

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PLA Rainbow Filament

This is the filament I used to create all of the yoga figurine models! My husband uses a black PLA for his projects, but we can order other colors as well. Just send us an email for your special order and we will get back to you with the details (

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