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Update: Spotlight School Success

Update: Spotlight School Success

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WATCH: Ms. Houck's TEACHER FEATURE

WATCH: Ms. Houck's TEACHER FEATURE

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Cool Vid: 3D Printing for K-12 Education

Cool Vid: 3D Printing for K-12 Education

Watching super cool EDUCATIONAL videos from across the web is one of our favorite pastimes! Join us in learning more about 3D printing in the clas

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'Tis the Season for STEM

'Tis the Season for STEM

'Tis the season for GINGERBREAD and working the delicious treat into your family - and CLASSROOM - fun. Last week, as students across the

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3D Printing Careers: Opportunities with 3D Scans

By Staff Writter

3D Printing Careers: Opportunities with 3D Scans

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Out of all emerging 3D printing careers, some are going to be inevitably self-made. While more technical and professional jobs will be very plentiful using 3D printer technology, it's the business from home that may thrive equally as much and possibly make commensurate profits. That's because 3D printers are soon going to be able to print virtually any object, including scanned items. While scanning might pose some legal complications, it wouldn't be a problem for more personal scans.

A case in point is a new company that now offers 3D prints of your unborn child still in the womb. This works by taking your 3D or 4D sonogram scans and having them converted into a printable 3D model. Once printed, you can hold a 3D facsimile of your child in fetus form that you can keep forever.

The L.A. Times did a piece on this company, called 3D Babies. And while it may sound like a disturbing practice to some, you can still look at it as an example of what could be done to start your own company with 3D printing technology. But what about those with much smaller budgets who want to start a business from home? Those with a little computer-aided design skill can delve into creating original products.

Creating a Business from Home with 3D Printers

With many colleges offer basic courses in computer-aided design (CAD), a little knowledge there can bring the ability to create original products on a 3D printer. By far the most common right now is jewelry (or toys) and where some are already selling as a home business. With a little creative skill, making smaller, original objects and selling them online may have a huge renaissance in coming years as 3D printers end up on nearly every desktop.

For those who want to make more complicated parts, the capital required will be much more tremendous. Inc.com mentioned that making parts for the aerospace industry and prosthetics have the most significant growth potential on the higher end. Regardless, capital may require up to $20,000 or more for a commercial or industrial 3D printer. By the next decade, however, the chances are good of industrial printers being much cheaper and available for the home.

It's then when the home business will change forever, along with manufacturing. 3D printers are already changing manufacturing at this very moment, despite being on the cusp of what it can do in bringing more exciting possibilities for business.

Eventually, 3D printers will nearly assure a profit for a business based on the money saved on the manufacturing end. The only thing those self-made businesses will have to worry about is canceling one another out from the overcrowding.