Looking back on your childhood and teen years, did you ever have to say "no" to going on an amazing trip because you couldn't afford it? It was a horrible feeling especially when all of your friends were going without you! There are a multitude of events in my life where I experienced this sense of missing out because I didn't have a free weekend, enough PTO, enough money saved up, or a combination of all three.

When it comes to 3D printing, I NEVER want anyone who is interested in this technology to feel like they can't take part in the industry because they don't have a printer. Just stick with me! If I do my job right, no one will feel like they're missing out on a great opportunity in 3D printing because there are multiple ways to benefit from it even if you don't have the physical hardware.   

I will get the shameless plug out of the way by saying that the first way to benefit from 3D printing is to have a 3D print lab make your items for you so you don't have to spend the money to purchase a printer yourself. Services like our operation, as well as others like Shapeways, 3D Hubs, and MakeXYZ, will transform your digital or 2D design into a tangible reality for you without the added expense of hardware. 

Aside from having a printing service print your items for you, you can also work with one of us to create 3D models of whatever you want. If you're a seasoned graphic designer or someone who just likes to draw, you can send your drawings or computer designs off and have them analyzed and printed! This is a fun way to create items that you normally wouldn't think of to make. Fun examples would be 3D business logos, video game characters, accessories for your children's dolls, and even a prototype for an invention that you have!

If you don't want anything printed and just want to contribute to the creative side of 3D printing, you can submit your designs to companies like Thingiverse and GrabCAD and actually sell them through those sites! This would be especially lucrative for graphic designers and anyone else who enjoys the creative side of computer design programs. 

3D printing is changing the way that companies do business. If you're interested in 3D printing and don't know how it can be applicable to your industry, check out the 3D Printing Industry's website athttp://3dprintingindustry.com/ to learn what 3D printing is accomplishing in our world on a daily, and even hourly, basis! 

This technology is only going to get bigger from here! Never feel like you're missing out on anything exciting again by taking advantage of all the avenues that are available to grow your knowledge base, expand your business, and show others your unique design ideas!!