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Bowie the Bunny in fine material powder, with color binders, via powder bed/inkjet process. Photo courtesy of Shapeways.

There has never have been a better time to purchase a desktop 3D printer. Nonetheless, they are still too expensive for many users. If you can’t justify the cost of a personal printer, you may be able to access one at a local hackerspace, and there are many online 3D printing services to choose from, including Ponoko, Shapeways, and i.materialise. These companies use a variety of printing technologies to create physical objects from your digital designs and can print in many other materials besides extruded thermoplastic.

2013 MAKE Ultimate Guide To 3D Printing

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  • Getting Started in 3D
  • Learn the Software Toolchain
  • 3D Design for Beginners
  • 3D Printing without a Printer

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Stuart Deutsch

Stuart Deutsch

When I am not testing and reviewing new tools, I am working on robotics, electronics, woodworking, and other types of projects.

I am also interested in microscopy, the physical sciences, and new technologies.

I write more about tools and workshop topics over at ToolGuyd.com.


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  1. Hi I was looking at the Portabee or the Rapidbot over the $500 mark I think the portabee is a good entry level but only has a small build size the Rapidbot has bigger build size …. I will check out Shapeways as you mentioned it in your blog, thanks for that.

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