What is a 3D printer?

This is a recommends products dialog
Top Suggestions
Starting at
View All >
Language
French
English
ไทย
German
繁體中文
Country
Hi
All
Sign In / Create Account
language Selector,${0} is Selected
Join & Shop in Lenovo Pro
Register at Education Store
Pro Tier Benefits
• Save up to an extra 5% on Think everyday pricing
• Purchase up to 10 systems per order (5 more than Lenovo.com)
• Spend $10K, advance to Plus Tier with increased benefits
Plus Tier Benefits
• Save up to an extra 6% on Think everyday pricing
• Purchase up to 25 systems per order (20 more than Lenovo.com)
• Spend $50K, advance for free to Elite Tier with increased benefits
• Take advantage of flexible payment options with TruScale Device as a Service. Learn More >
Elite Tier Benefits
• Save up to an extra 7% on Think everyday pricing
• Purchase up to 50 systems per order (45 more than Lenovo.com)
• Take advantage of flexible payment options with TruScale Device as a Service. Learn More >
Partner Benefits
• Access to Lenovo's full product portfolio
• Configure and Purchase at prices better than Lenovo.com
View All Details >
more to reach
PRO Plus
PRO Elite
Congratulations, you have reached Elite Status!
Pro for Business
Delete icon Remove icon Add icon Reload icon
TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE
DISCONTINUED
Temporary Unavailable
Cooming Soon!
. Additional units will be charged at the non-eCoupon price. Purchase additional now
We're sorry, the maximum quantity you are able to buy at this amazing eCoupon price is
Sign in or Create an Account to Save Your Cart!
Sign in or Create an Account to Join Rewards
View Cart
Your cart is empty! Don’t miss out on the latest products and savings — find your next favorite laptop, PC, or accessory today.
Remove
item(s) in cart
Some items in your cart are no longer available. Please visit cart for more details.
has been deleted
Please review your cart as items have changed.
of
Contains Add-ons
Subtotal
Proceed to checkout
Yes
No
Popular Searches
What are you looking for today ?
Quick Links
Recent Searches
Hamburger Menu
skip to main content
{"arrowColor":"","backgroundColor":"#e6f4fa","divideColor":"#DBDBDB","sideMsg":"","data":[{"pcInfo":"","mAndTabInfo":"","bannerInfo":{"t_id":"Pageeadbe024-6482-413f-a33c-09a8d00ff8a8","language":{"fr_ca":"","en_ca":"%3Cp%3E%3Cstrong%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cstrong%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fp%3E%3Cp%3E%3Cstrong%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20nowrap%3B%22%3E%3C%2Fspan%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fp%3E%3Cp%3E%3Cstrong%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cstrong%3ETech%20Deals%20%26amp%3B%20Steals!%3C%2Fstrong%3E%20Save%20up%20to%20%7BsavingPercent%7D%20on%20laptops%20%26amp%3B%20accessories!%20Plus%2C%20free%20shipping%20sitewide.%26nbsp%3B%3Ca%20href%3D%22%2Fd%2Fdeals%2Fdoorbusters%2F%3FIPromoID%3DLEN944203%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%3E%3Cstrong%3EShop%20Now%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fp%3E","en":"%3Cp%3E%3Cstrong%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cstrong%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cstrong%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3C%2Fspan%3E%3Cstrong%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3ETech%20Deals%20%26amp%3B%20Steals!%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%26nbsp%3BSave%20up%20to%20%7BsavingPercent%7D%20on%20laptops%20%26amp%3B%20accessories!%20%3C%2Fspan%3EPlus%2C%20free%20shipping%20sitewide.%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fspan%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22%2Fd%2Fdeals%2Fdoorbusters%2F%3FIPromoID%3DLEN944203%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3Cstrong%3EShop%20Now%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22%2Fd%2Fdeals%2Flenovo-sale%2F%3FIPromoID%3DLEN944203%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3Cstrong%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22%2Fd%2Fdeals%2Fdoorbusters%2F%3FIPromoID%3DLEN944203%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3Cstrong%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22%2Fd%2Fdeals%2Fbusiness%2F%3FIPromoID%3DLEN944203%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%20textvalue%3D%22Shop%20Now%22%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3Cstrong%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3C%2Fspan%3E%3C%2Fp%3E","fr":""},"id":"Pageeadbe024-6482-413f-a33c-09a8d00ff8a8"},"gInfo":""},{"pcInfo":"","mAndTabInfo":"","bannerInfo":{"t_id":"Pageb5393c1a-da60-41c0-897a-ae4cbe75f4a1","language":{"fr_ca":"","en_ca":"%3Cp%3E%3Cstrong%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3C%2Fspan%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cstrong%3EShopping%20for%20a%20business%3F%3C%2Fstrong%3E%20New%20Lenovo%20Pro%20members%20get%20%24100%20off%20first%20order%20of%20%241%2C000%2B%2C%20exclusive%20savings%20%26amp%3B%201%3A1%20tech%20support.%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3Ca%20href%3D%22%2Fbusiness%2Fbenefits%2F%3FIPromoID%3DLEN818484%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%3E%3Cstrong%3ELearn%20More%20%26gt%3B%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fspan%3E%3C%2Fp%3E","en":"%3Cp%3E%3Cstrong%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3EShopping%20for%20a%20business%3F%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%26nbsp%3BNew%20Lenovo%20Pro%20members%20get%20%24100%20off%20first%20order%20of%20%241%2C000%2B%2C%20exclusive%20savings%20%26amp%3B%201%3A1%20tech%20support.%3C%2Fspan%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3Ca%20href%3D%22%2Fbusiness%2Fbenefits%2F%3FIPromoID%3DLEN818484%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%20textvalue%3D%22Learn%20More%20%26gt%3B%22%3E%3Cstrong%3ELearn%20More%20%26gt%3B%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fspan%3E%3C%2Fp%3E","fr":""},"id":"Pageb5393c1a-da60-41c0-897a-ae4cbe75f4a1"},"gInfo":""},{"pcInfo":"","mAndTabInfo":"","bannerInfo":{"t_id":"Page991a2dd6-a4b0-4ad2-83f4-f7501a11180d","language":{"fr_ca":"","en_ca":"%3Cp%3E%3Cstrong%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3C%2Fspan%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cstrong%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cstrong%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3EMy%20Lenovo%20Rewards!%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3EEarn%203%25-9%25%20in%20rewards%20and%20get%20free%20expedited%20delivery%20on%20select%20products.%3C%2Fspan%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fspan%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22%2Frewards%2F%3FIPromoID%3DLEN775755%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%3E%3Cstrong%3EJoin%20For%20Free%20%26gt%3B%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fp%3E","en":"%3Cp%3E%3Cstrong%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cstrong%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cstrong%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3EMy%20Lenovo%20Rewards!%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3EEarn%203%25-9%25%20in%20rewards%20and%20get%20free%20expedited%20delivery%20on%20select%20products.%3C%2Fspan%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fspan%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fadmin.lenovo.com%2Frewards%2F%3FIPromoID%3DLEN775755%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3Cstrong%3EJoin%20For%20Free%20%26gt%3B%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22%2Frewards%2F%3FIPromoID%3DLEN775755%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3Cstrong%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fp%3E","fr":""},"id":"Page991a2dd6-a4b0-4ad2-83f4-f7501a11180d"},"gInfo":""},{"pcInfo":"","mAndTabInfo":"","bannerInfo":{"t_id":"Page634c747c-f671-4f94-bbba-de66f3b7eb5e","language":{"fr_ca":"","en_ca":"%3Cp%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3EBad%20credit%20or%20no%20credit%3F%20No%20problem!%20Katapult%20offers%20a%20simple%20lease%20to%20own%20payment%20option%20to%20help%20get%20what%20you%20need.%3C%2Fspan%3E%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22%2Flandingpage%2Flenovo-financing-options%2F%3FIPromoID%3DLEN771093%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%3E%3Cstrong%3ELearn%20More%20%26gt%3B%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fp%3E","en":"%3Cp%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3EBad%20credit%20or%20no%20credit%3F%20No%20problem!%20Katapult%20offers%20a%20simple%20lease%20to%20own%20payment%20option%20to%20help%20get%20what%20you%20need.%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fspan%3E%3C%2Fspan%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22%2Flandingpage%2Flenovo-financing-options%2F%3FIPromoID%3DLEN771093%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%20style%3D%22text-wrap%3A%20wrap%3B%22%3E%3Cstrong%3ELearn%20More%20%26gt%3B%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fp%3E","fr":""},"id":"Page634c747c-f671-4f94-bbba-de66f3b7eb5e"},"gInfo":""},{"pcInfo":"","mAndTabInfo":"","bannerInfo":{"t_id":"Page2ed7a7a9-e8a5-4912-a1e3-667aed5b0d59","language":{"fr_ca":"","en_ca":"%3Cp%3EFree%20shipping%20sitewide%2C%20no%20minimum.%3C%2Fp%3E","en":"%3Cp%3EFree%20shipping%20sitewide%2C%20no%20minimum.%3C%2Fp%3E","fr":""},"id":"Page2ed7a7a9-e8a5-4912-a1e3-667aed5b0d59"},"gInfo":""}],"autoRun":true,"displayTerminal":"pc","isShowDivide":true}

What is a 3D printer?

A 3D printer is a device that creates three-dimensional objects from a digital design, usually by laying down many successive thin layers of a material. This process, known as additive manufacturing, allows for the production of complex shapes which are often impossible with traditional manufacturing methods. The objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source. Applications of 3D printing are emerging in a variety of sectors, including medicine, art, construction, and manufacturing.

How does a 3D printer work?

A 3D printer works by creating three-dimensional objects layer by layer using a process called additive manufacturing. The process begins with a digital 3D model of the object, typically created using computer-aided design (CAD) software. The model is then sliced into thin cross-sectional layers, and the 3D printer interprets these slices to build the object layer by layer. The most common method is fused deposition modeling (FDM), where a thermoplastic filament is melted and extruded through a nozzle. The melted material is deposited in the precise pattern dictated by the sliced layers, solidifying as it cools. Other techniques include stereolithography (SLA), where a liquid resin is cured layer by layer using ultraviolet light, and selective laser sintering (SLS), in which a laser fuses powdered material layer by layer. The layer-by-layer approach allows for the creation of complex and intricate structures, making 3D printing a versatile technology used in various fields, from prototyping to custom manufacturing.

How does a 3D printer create objects?

The magic happens through a process called additive manufacturing. It starts with a 3D model, typically created using computer-aided design (CAD) software. The 3D printer then interprets this digital model and constructs the object layer by layer.

What is the role of slicing in 3D printing?

Slicing in 3D printing plays a vital role, acting as the bridge between the digital model and the printer. It involves converting a 3D model into a series of thin layers or "slices" and generating instructions that the printer can understand. These instructions, known as G-code, dictate the printer's movements, such as where to deposit material, at what speed, and in what order. Without slicing, the 3D printer would have no way of knowing how to accurately replicate the 3D model.

Why is filament important in 3D printing?

Filament is the material used by 3D printers to create physical objects. It's often a spool of plastic wire, melted by the printer's nozzle and extruded layer by layer. Choosing the right filament is essential, as different materials offer various properties—PLA for its ease of use, ABS for durability, and more.

How does the 3D printing software work?

The 3D printing software acts as the translator between your digital design and the physical object. It takes the 3D model and converts it into instructions the printer can follow. Some popular software includes Cura and PrusaSlicer.

What role do 3D printing materials play in the final product?

The materials used in 3D printing significantly impact the properties of the final product. From PLA to PETG, each material has unique characteristics, such as strength, flexibility, and temperature resistance.

How does the 3D printing process vary for different materials?

Different materials require specific printing conditions. For instance, PLA has a lower melting point than ABS, affecting the temperature settings on the printer. Additionally, some materials may need a heated bed or special adhesion techniques.

What is the significance of bed leveling in 3D printing?

Bed leveling is crucial for ensuring the first layer of your 3D print adheres properly. A leveled bed ensures that the nozzle maintains a consistent distance from the print surface, preventing issues like uneven layers or poor adhesion.

How does the 3D printer handle overhangs and intricate designs?

3D printers can struggle with printing overhangs or intricate designs without proper support structures. Support structures act as scaffolding during printing, providing a foundation for overhanging parts. After printing, you remove these supports.

What is the significance of infill in 3D printing?

Infill determines the internal structure of your 3D-printed object. A higher infill percentage results in a denser interior, providing added strength and durability. Conversely, lower infill percentages reduce material usage and print time.

How does layer height impact the quality of a 3D print?

Layer height plays a vital role in determining the surface finish of your printed object. Smaller layer heights produce finer details but increase print time. On the other hand, larger layer heights are quicker but may sacrifice some precision.

What is 3D printing speed?

The speed of 3D printing, often referred to as print speed, is the velocity at which the extruder of a 3D printer moves while laying down the print material. It plays a crucial role in determining the quality and finish of the printed object. Typically measured in millimeters per second (mm/s), print speed can vary based on the complexity of the design, the type of material being used, and the specific settings of the 3D printer. Faster speeds may result in quicker prints but can compromise detail and precision, while slower speeds ensure higher accuracy but increase the printing time.

How does temperature affect 3D printing?

Temperature control is crucial in 3D printing. The nozzle and print bed need precise heating to ensure proper material flow and adhesion. Different materials have specific temperature requirements. Finding the right temperature is key to a successful 3D print.

What is 3D printing resolution?

3D printing resolution refers to the level of detail and precision achievable in a printed object. It's influenced by factors like layer height, nozzle size, and printer accuracy. Achieving high resolution is like adjusting the focus on a camera—fine-tuning the settings to capture the smallest details in your 3D-printed masterpiece.

How does 3D printing support customization and prototyping?

One of the significant advantages of 3D printing is its ability to facilitate customization and rapid prototyping. You can easily modify digital designs and produce prototypes quickly. It's like having a personal workshop where you can tweak and test your ideas before committing to a final product.

{"pageComponentDataId":"c6016cday5451-43d6-9d34-e558a08d2b76","isAssociatedRelease":"true","pageComponentDataLangCode":"en","configData":{"jumpType":"currentTab","headlineColor":"black","displayNumber":"","styleMode":"vertical","headline":"","products":[{"number":{"t_id":"4XD1C99223","language":{"fr_ca":"","en_ca":"4XD1C99223","en_us":"","en":"4XD1C99223","fr":""},"id":"Paged364d785-5b43-46f3-897f-cfc1f2886cc5"}},{"number":{"t_id":"GX30Z21568","language":{"fr_ca":"","en_ca":"GX30Z21568","en_us":"","en":"GX30Z21568","fr":""},"id":"Page8a92c658-e187-4221-a70b-abfeb5c40052"}},{"number":{"t_id":"GX41L44752","language":{"fr_ca":"","en_ca":"GX41L44752","en_us":"","en":"GX41L44752","fr":""},"id":"Page3c3ca4cb-191e-42d6-b6bf-2a17188dcd34"}},{"number":{"t_id":"GY51F14319","language":{"fr_ca":"","en_ca":"GY51F14319","en_us":"","en":"GY51F14319","fr":""},"id":"Page9aad6b00-44a5-4f35-91db-6509e57b5f2f"}},{"number":{"t_id":"4Z91K18761","language":{"fr_ca":"","en_ca":"4Z91K18761","en_us":"","en":"4Z91K18761","fr":""},"id":"Page8d533231-87a4-40f2-9a1c-5e922f32affc"}}]},"urlPrefix":"AAAAAAAFAAAH","needGetLatestTransDataKey":"needGetLatestTransDataValue","title":"glossary-right-blue-boxes-fragment","pageId":"ed8ce94b-788f-4a56-a348-d72df37718b3","urlEdit":0,"uri":"/FragmentDirectory/gloccery/glossary-right-blue-boxes-fragment.frag","pageComponentId":"c6016cday5451-43d6-9d34-e558a08d2b76","tplId":"e60a662e-c1b6-4ba3-afa9-6f6977b562f8","pageComponentUuid":"c6016cday5451-43d6-9d34-e558a08d2b76","targetUser":"0"}
coming coming
Starting at
List Price
Est Value
Est Value:
List Price
Est Value (Estimated Value)
List Price is Lenovo’s estimate of product value based on the industry data, including the prices at which first and third-party retailers and etailers have offered or valued the same or comparable products. Third-party reseller data may not be based on actual sales.
Estimated value is Lenovo’s estimate of product value based on industry data, including the prices at which Lenovo and/or third-party retailers and e-tailers have offered or valued the same or comparable products. Third-party data may not be based on actual sales.
Learn More
See More
See Less
View {0} Model
View {0} Models
Delivery options for {0}
Part Number
Features
See More
See Less
Compare
Added!
Great choice!
You may compare up to 4 products per product category (laptops, desktops, etc). Please de-select one to add another.
View Your Comparisons
Add To Cart
Add To Cart
We're sorry,
Products are temporarily unavailable.
Continue Shopping
Learn More
Coming Soon
Featured Product
Featured Products
Oops! No results found. Visit the categories above to find your product.
Save

Seasonal Sales & FAQ's

open in new tab
© 2024 Lenovo. All rights reserved.
© {year} Lenovo. All rights reserved.
Compare  ()
x