Today, 3D printers are one of the tools that mostly occupy the technology
agenda. One of the main reasons for this is that this state-of-the-art device is able to make some products and designs that are very difficult to make easily with a few software supports.
Simply put, 3D printers are computer-aided manufacturing machines with the desired dimensions such as length, volume and width. These devices, which can produce products of different materials in terms of size, are able to perform much more work than they are seemed.
They enable us to bring 3D objects designed in a virtual environment to real
life in a solid and concrete manner. With 3D printing technology, you can
print any simple material you need, print out an object you’re scanning with the scanner, and create an example of a design you’ve drawn. You can even create your own product and start mass production. In short, 3D printers give you virtually unlimited creativity.
3D printer technology was first introduced in 1984. The company named 3D Systems has made rapid progress by making its first color printing since the 90s. It has even started to produce printers that can even produce its own parts.
3D printers work with a manufacturing method called Additive
Manufacturing. Although many raw materials are used for printing, thermo-plastic materials, often referred to as filaments, are used. 3D printers need a 3D model and design to work. Drawings designed with a CAD (Computer Aided Design) program such as AutoCAD, Solidworks, 3DsMax, or objects scanned with a 3D scanner are exported in the STL extension. The 3D printer detects the file in the STL extension and performs printing.
Now let’s get to the real question. Is it possible to produce another 3D printer with a 3D printer? It is possible that the answer to this question is yes. Because if you have the necessary designs on a virtual environment, and you also have the necessary materials for these products, you can produce all the parts of a 3D printer using your 3D printer.
If you manage to produce all the necessary parts, you will be able to produce the 3D printer after correctly assembling these parts and installing the electrical installation, software and operating system. Certainly this is a very laborious job. After all, you try to use the technology you have to copy itself and try to produce each part of it differently. I think it would be easier for everyone to buy an already manufactured 3D printer instead of going to such a hassle.
As a result, it is possible to produce another 3D printer using a 3D printer, or even to switch to serial production. But a few difficult tasks, especially
software and necessary materials, are needed. I wish you all a life that you can use your 3D printer for good products other than producing weapons.