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personal 3D printer

A 3D printer geared to the consumer. Starting with kits such as the MakerBot in 2009, fully assembled 3D printers later became available at prices below USD $2,000. By 2014, there were dozens of personal 3D printers on the market, with many under USD $1,000.

Sometimes Not So Personal
Personal 3D printers are also employed by product designers to create quick, inexpensive prototypes before switching to industrial 3D printers that create precision models using more costly materials. See 3D printer and 3D printing.


In Staples as of 2013
This Staples store display for the 3D Systems Cube printer is evidence that 3D printing has landed on the consumer's doorstep.









Print Alan Freedman
The author of this encyclopedia was printed in 3D by Fred Kahl, creator of The Great Fredini Coney Island Scan-A-Rama (www.thegreatfredini.com). Standing very still on Fred's custom-built rotating stand, Alan was captured using ReconstructMe software. Netfabb Basic (green image) was used to "clean" the file and create a watertight solid volume for 3D printing. MakerWare software sliced the model into layers for the MakerBot Replicator personal 3D printer.

Although the 3D model (bottom) is quite recognizable as Alan, his facial features are not entirely precise, primarily because of the size reduction (six feet to six inches). A high-end, industrial-class 3D printer might produce greater detail but not a huge amount more.
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MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer offers massive build volume and the best price to performance ratio in its category; available in the spring of 2014 for an anticipated price of $6,499.
Companies like Makerbot have simplified the technology enough to where a printer might cost as little as $1,300.
Photoshop has been added with specific support for printers made by MakerBot and 3D Systems as well as online 3D printing service Shapeways for printing 3D designs built from scratch or by putting finishing touches to designs prepared using other softwares, the BBC reports.
Brooklyn-based MakerBot was the only 3D printer company at CES five years ago.
The lab, equipped with a 3D printer from MakerBot and 3D image scanning system from NextEngine, "gives students a complete experience starting from a concept and translating that creative idea into a product prototype," said Venky Venkatachalam, professor and associate dean of academic programs at Paul College.
One hundred fifty--one 3D printed models of cars, planes, spacecraft and other visions of transport in 2040 were submitted for the 3D Printer Challenge sponsored by MakerBot (makerbot.
The team got a boost when two printers were donated by the Brooklyn-based Makerbot, one for use in Johannesburg and the other for Seattle.
1 to print a small pot on the Makerbot Replicator 2, and he said the device will eventually become available for sale in Microsoft Stores.
MakerBot, once a pillar of the open-source hardware community, has come under intense fire for closing some elements of its newest product, the Replicator 2 3D printer and its accompanying MakerWare software, as CIVET detailed in a September 2012 story.
There are a few tools on offer as well, even including a 3D printer known as the Makerbot.
Making things see; 3D vision with Kinect, Processing, Arduino, and MakerBot.
Commercial 3D printers cost several thousand pounds, but the Makerbot Replicator looks set to retail at around pounds 800.