Why I Have a 3-D Printer

When someone finds out I have a 3D printer, their first questions are typically “Why?” and “What do you do with it?”

I’m never sure how to reply. My first inclination is to try being funny and say something like, “I’m printing tools and supplies to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.” I don’t say that because I realize these people are sincerely interested and want to understand the technology. For this reason, “Because they’re just so f’ing cool!” doesn’t seem like an adequate answer either.

I only realized the real answer a few weeks ago when I was doing some on-line reading and a commenter mentioned how so much of what is currently done on 3D printers used to done on lathes or wood working machines. At that point I realized the 3D printer is my equivalent of these tools.

Like so many of us, the space I have available to work is limited. The two car garage and basement so common when I was growing up is not an option. Even so, there’s room on the desk for a laptop and a big enough space on top of the filing cabinet to hold a Solidoodle and a spool of filament, which (at least for now) is enough to satisfy my creative impulses.

And when the zombies come, I’ll be ready.

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