Five Ways to Print Your Own 3-D Objects [Slide Show]

3-D printing has been out of reach for most of us. Now thanks to do-it-yourself types all that has started to change
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Name: Desktop Factory 125ci 3D Printer
Material: Nylon-based powder (laced with aluminum and glass)
Price: $4,995
What it does: Closest in spirit to industrial-strength fabbers, this 90-pound version focuses light from a halogen lamp to melt shapes in powder on a rotating drum, which plops the layers onto a flat surface for stacking and drying.....[ More ]


Name: Craftsman CompuCarve
Material: Wood; can handle acrylics and foam, too
Price: $1,899.99
What it does: Go from a bumbling amateur to a wood-carving genius on par with William Blake thanks to this robotic engraving device.....[ More ]


Name: Candy Fab
Material: Granulated sugar
Price: Estimated at $500 (sugar packets not included)
What it does: You mean, besides make Homer Simpson drool? Developed by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories —aka the do-it-yourself family of Windell H.....[ More ]


Name: RepRap Version 1.0 "Darwin"
Material: Biodegradable plastic or polyester
Price: $500 to $900, depending on assembly
What it does: Short for replicating rapid prototyper, the RepRap is the brainchild of Adrian Bowyer, a mechanical engineer at the University of Bath in England who figured that fabbers would become a lot cheaper and more accessible if they could build their own bodies.....[ More ]


Name: Fab@Home Model 1
Materials: Epoxy; chocolate; Boursin (a soft cheese)
Price: $2,400 to $3,600, depending on how much assembly you're willing to take on
What it does: Hod Lipson's grand plan was to make a robot that could build copies of itself.....[ More ]

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