Desktop Factory 3D printer brings rapid prototyping to YOU!

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In rapid prototyping, you design a real-world object in 3D software, and then use a 3D printer to “print” it into existence. By you, I mean you, since Desktop Factory 3D printers are aimed at home use. Can’t find a screwdriver? Print up a new one. Can’t find the cat? Print a replacement. Priced at $5,000 to $7,000 with the objects costing $0.50 per cubic inch. The parts are built from plastic powder and then fused by halogen light bulbs into hard plastic which can then, if desired, be sanded and painted. The price is still high for casual users, but excitingly low enough to suggest rapid prototypers are on the verge of social breakout. [GT]

Desktop Factory 3D printers [via Sci Fi Tech]

Gabrielle Taylor