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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
In 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 has debuted METHOD X, a manufacturing workstation engineered to challenge traditional manufacturing with real ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) material, a 100[degrees]C chamber, and Stratasys SR-30 soluble supports to deliver exceptional dimensional accuracy and precision for complex, durable parts.
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MakerBot has launched METHOD X, a manufacturing workstation engineered to challenge traditional manufacturing with real ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) material, a 100[degrees]C chamber, and Stratasys SR-30 soluble supports to deliver exceptional dimensional accuracy and precision for complex, durable parts.
(https://www.trusstlingerie.com/) Trusst Lingerie founder Sophie Berman uses a (https://www.makerbot.com/) MakerBot 3D printer in her Pennsylvania studio to experiment with bra shapes for larger breasts.
Its 5000 ft2 facility includes one open room with computer workstations for design, sales, and other administrative functions; plus a second room, which Schwartz calls the "factory." Measuring about 2000 [ft.sup.2], it is full of steel racks holding 160 MakerBot 3D printers.
23 May 2017 - The co-founder and former CEO of MakerBot, Bre Pettis, now head of Bre and Co., has acquired California, US-based rapid prototyping tools maker Other Machine Co., the company said.
Designated as the first MakerBot Innovation Center in the western U.S., the MakerLab includes 20 3D printers, plus 3D scanners and electronic prototyping kits.
A Makerbot Replicator 2x designed to print plastic was modified into a bioprinter in January 2015 to print tracheal cartilage and again in October 2015 to print soft tissues [15, 16].
The Makerbot Academy (www.makerbot.com/) is another terrific resource for teachers.
Among the 3D printing exhibitors include Ronchini Massimo, Markforged, Makerbot and MCOR.
FDM includes our MakerBot system and our uPrint systems.
Beckatt Solutions will also represent MakerBot and their line of desktop 3D printers and scanners, as well as Markforged and the Mark Two Composite 3D Printer, which uses continuous fiber reinforcement inside nylon parts to provide extremely durable and light-weight 3D prints.