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Printrbot LC 3D Printer Kit, Maker Shed, $549

The “mama bear” of the Printrbot family, the LC is a step up from the Jr. For $100 more, you get more than three times the build volume (6 × 6 × 6″) and the ability to print in hotter-melting ABS as well as PLA plastic. Note that the LC does not come assembled, but includes everything you need (except tools) to get it up and running in a few hours. The LC series of Printrbots is designed to be expandable along all of its printing axes so you can add capacity, later, if you outgrow the factory printing envelope.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.

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