For most of us, 3D printing is endlessly interesting, but also somewhat impenetrable. It’s something we’d love to get involved in, but there are just so many questions that need to be answered
Ok, first up, we just launched a groundbreaking new product, The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, that represents a major shift in our business. In the past, we created wooden 3D printers and most of these were sold as kits. The original Replicator is still probably the best value in 3D printers, but with the new MakerBot Replicator 2, we’ve set a new standard in prosumer desktop 3D printing and our focus has shifted from making 3D printers that you have to assemble, to selling 3D printers that work really really well for folks who want to make gorgeous models instead of hack on the machine.
It’s been a dream of 3D printing hobbyists to be able to print in glorious color. That dream still is developing, but maker RichRap has taken a big step in that direction by developing a 3-way extruder for RepRap-style 3D printers.
Peter at RepRap Central tells a story some of us have lived through, although not nearly as dramatic. The story involves Malcolm Messiter, whose decades-old Robert Goble Harpsichord required some maintenance. Specifically, the string-plucking jacks, made of Delrin, were cracking and needed to be replaced.
Here’s one for all of the naysayers out there that think 3D printing at home is nothing more than a fad since people have yet to create anything useful. A 3D printing enthusiast that goes by the handle “ Sublime ” on YouTube has created a working wood lathe out of PLA plastic parts that he designed and printed on a small 3D printer that he himself invented as part of the RepRap project.
Takeaway: Once the preserve of large companies, 3D printing is now heading for the home. The founder of the open source 3D printer project RepRap tells TechRepublic about the coming revolution in home manufacturing.
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