African Born 3D: The ins and outs of 3D printing

Nowadays, the world is home to lots of different inventions that make life easier. Depending on what you do for a living or what you wish to do during your spare time, you can make use of these inventions to make things more efficient. As it turns out, 3D printing just happens to be one of these inventions. 

You might have heard about the process of printing photos or documents, but have you ever gained interest when it comes to printing 3-dimensional objects? Well, now it can be done and so much more when you engage in 3D printing. There’s potential when it comes to this because the limit is simply in your imagination. 

Rest assured that we at African Born 3D in Kenya will be able to help you enter the world of 3D printing and see what it has to offer! If you would like to know more about 3D printing, you can check out the section below and see the different ways that make up the entire process. 

Step 1 – Design and creation 

The first and one of the most important parts of the process is to design whatever it is you want to print. While this is going on, it’s important to remember that there are still a lot of facets to the design. This is because the printer will produce a 3-dimensional design that requires certain details. After the process is done, you will then be able to relate it to how the potential outcome will be after the printing process is over. 

Step 2 – Scanning 

Next up, you will be able to start turning that design into digital creation. This is where you will have to scan the initial design. This might take a while because this is a 3-dimensional object that takes a while to be downloaded and printed overall.

Step 3 – Design download 

After the scanning part has been completed, you will then be able to see the initial scan. When this is over, you will have a chance to choose the download option and it will then be transferred to the machine. The downloading process might take a while at first, but it’s very enjoyable and somewhat entertaining to watch. 

Step 4 – Printing 

When all of the previous steps are done, you will then be able to move on to the most interesting step of all! After the fact that your design has been completed and downloaded, the machine will then start printing your design. While this is going on, you should be able to watch the design slowly being turned from a downloadable file to a fully formed 3-dimensional piece! 

Step 5 – Removal 

After the printing completion, you should be able to start removing the item from the printer and seeing the finished result. However, this also includes ensuring that all of the pieces are intact and there were no mistakes made. Be sure to carefully remove it and ensure that the whole thing is in good condition. 

Step 6 – Final processing 

Last but not least, remember to go through the processing methods to ensure that the printer is clean and ready for the next design. 3D printing machines can be expensive and they must be always in top condition for the next design. After removal, the final processing of both the design and the machine will be done. 

The different things you can make with a 3D printer

Now that you have an idea of how the 3D printing process works, you should be able to try it out for yourself! Of course, you can make your designs on your own. However, if you find that you are having trouble coming up with things to make in a 3D printer, take a look at these suggestions below: 

Cable straps  

If you are the kind of person who cannot keep track of all the different cables that you have, then you should consider having a cable strap made. These are simple and do not take up a lot of clutter. Plus, they help keep your space cleaner as well. 

Try and make cable straps and you will find that they are both incredibly useful and aesthetically pleasing as well. It is just one of the many things that you can use to ensure that you make the most of both your 3D printing resources and your imagination. 

Sponge and soap holder 

Everyone knows that there are a lot of different things needed in a house, specifically in the kitchen. One of these is a sponge and soap holder. These can accumulate bacteria and get a lot of different unwanted dirt on your kitchen. Well, you don’t have to worry about that when you use the sponge and soap holder when printed from the 3D machine. 

Not only is this easy and fun to make, but it’s also incredibly useful. You will be able to have it not just in your kitchen but in the bathroom as well! The types of colours should be quite limited, but the overall use of the item is worth it! 

Teabag holder 

It’s time for tea lovers to unite because this amazing tea holder that came from a 3D printer is something that everyone should try. What makes it even better is that you can customize it and ensure that it suits your taste and the types of teabags that you put in it. 

When it comes to the basic colours, we at African Born 3D suggest that you go for a neutral beige or black colour. This is so it can go with any surface and not overshadow the actual teabags that will be placed inside. 


One of the best things about tweezers is that you can do almost anything with them. You can use them to pick something out of small crevices in your home or get the gunk out of your kitchen counters and sinks.

The best thing about tweezers is that they are amazingly easy to make with a 3D printer. Not only will you be able to customize it, but it will be incredibly useful as well. So, be sure to try it out for yourself and have a few tweezers available in your home. 

Pasta bag clip 

One of the dilemmas that people face when it comes to pasta is the fact that it can be hard to store. This is hard because they can be very long in shape and cannot be placed in any Tupperware. Well, you can make a special pasta bag clip with a 3D printer to ensure that it stays sealed and safe. 

The best thing about pasta clips is that they can be used for other things aside from pasta. As long as it is in a plastic bag, then you should be able to use it as well. 

Should you invest in 3D printing for your personal needs?

With all of the things that you have learned about 3D printing, why should you take the time to try it out for yourself? Is it beneficial for your work or personal needs? Well, take a look at the different things that you should take into account to address these questions.

3D printing is fun and inventive 

One of the reasons why you should try 3D printing is because it is not just useful, but incredibly inventive as well. From the moment you start designing and get to printing the design, it’s all an incredibly fun process that everyone has to experience. 

So, why not try it for yourself and see just how entertaining it is? After all, it’s not every day that people can see a 3-dimensional item being printed from a machine. Plus, it’s a product of what you have come up with in your mind. 

3D printing promotes creativity and limitless designing 

Aside from the fact that 3D printing can be used in so many different ways to make items, it also promotes creativity. For example, if you come and visit us here at African Born 3D, you will find that we want to collaborate with our clients to ensure that all of their designs are special and can be used to make the machine. 

If you ever decide to work with us or even make your 3D design, then you can be sure that your creativity and thinking skills will be improved as well. 

About African Born 3D

Based in Kenya, we at African Born 3D consider ourselves to be experts when it comes to the world of 3D printing. We have been working towards being a company that not only assists others in 3D printing but in all things design related as well. So, if you ever need assistance in these realms, be sure to let us know and we’ll be right on the job!

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